How to Remove Fonts Using Registry Editor on Windows 10

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Do you have problems removing your fonts in Windows 10?

So, you downloaded multiple fonts from DaFont or other websites that provide free fonts and you decided to delete your unwanted fonts, but Windows doesn’t let you delete them…

Luckily there is a workaround using the big old Registry Editor!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to remove any font without error messages.

Let’s go!

Error: “Font Cannot Be Deleted Because It’s in Use”

Here is an example of the error message you can encounter, the problem is Windows doesn’t give information like what program is using the font, so the only solution is to delete the font from the Registry Editor.

Where Are Fonts Stored at?

In case you are wondering what in the world I am talking about, use the Windows+R keyboard shortcut to open Run then type in fonts and hit Enter.

In the File Explorer window that will open you can see all the fonts installed on your system, if you want to install a new font all you have to do is copy and paste it in this folder.

Remove Unwanted Fonts Using Registry Editor

Open Run and type in regedit, click “OK“.

Navigate to this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Fonts

In the right pane you will see a list of all the fonts installed on your Windows 10 PC, right-click on the font you want to get rid of, and choose “Delete“”.

There you have it!

You just learned the easy way to remove your fonts without errors.

If you have any ideas to share or questions to ask don’t hesitate to leave a comment.

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Soufiane is a young computer scientist and specialist in web design, knows a lot of things in the computer world. This enthusiast enjoys helping people innovate and learn more about the IT world...

  • Elizabethe says:


    P. S. Also, why do things show in that registry that do NOT show up in Word? Just curious, because it doesn’t matter . . . I just need to clean up and shorten my font list.


  • Elizabethe says:

    This was VERY helpful in removing fonts showing up in Word even though I had removed them in the standard Fonts directory under Control panel. However some fonts continue to show up and they are not in either of those places. Any ideas on how tp remove them? (I don’t care if they are in the computer, I just don’t want to see them in the font listings on Word.)

    These are: Calibri Light, Cambria, Cambria Math, Dubai (3) Marlett, Segoe UI, MS Mincho, MS Pincho and Tahoma.

    They do not show in the registry at the fonts directory you described. Is there another place to look?



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