This page is part of The Ultimate Font Guide, an introductory font manual that explains the basics of fonts and how to install fonts, use them in different applications and more.

Install The Font

Cricut Design Space uses installed fonts. This means you have to install the font on your system first. We have written a simple guide on how to install fonts:

Use your installed font in Microsoft Word

Using your font in Microsoft Word is fairly simple.

After you installed a new font make sure to completely close and restart Microsoft Word. If you don’t do this the newly installed font might not show.

Type the text like you normally would and select the text that you would like to change:


Go to the font menu and search for the font that you want to use. Select the font name and  your text will change.


Access Special Characters in Microsoft Word

how-to-install-fontsA lot of fonts come with those nice curly lines and variations of letters and numbers (if you want to learn more about how these different variations are called, check out our glossary). They look beautiful but a lot of people find it hard to access them. This is because there are different ways font designers build their fonts which unfortunately means that there are different ways to access these special characters.

Cricut Design Space only supports extra characters for what we call “PUA Encoded Fonts”. If you need to use a font in Cricut Design Space and the font is not PUA Encoded, you have to realize that you can only access basic letters and numbers (a, b, c, d, 1, 2, 3, etc). Sometimes this is all you need, but many times you are buying a font because it comes with those extra special characters.

We have written a simple manual for you on how to access the extra characters in PUA Encoded Fonts which you can find in our PUA Encoded Fonts Manual. If you don’t know if a font is PUA encoded, check with the designer or seller first.