SOLVED: Font Changed After Upgrading to Windows 10

There was a wide-spread commotion in the Windows community when Windows 10 came out. The commotion was courtesy a gift given by Microsoft to its users that allowed them to update to Windows 10 without having to pay any fee. Millions of updates happened within weeks but with millions of updates, come billions of bugs, nuances, driver incompatibilities and errors among other bad stuff. There were many updates to Windows 10 that changed our perspective of Microsoft. They gave us back the beloved Start button and they also tried their best to provide us with an update on their flagship browser. The update however did prove to be really troublesome for some of the people and they found it out the hard way.

One such update was in the MS word font department. If you might have your documents in a lesser known, foreign font then you might already know what we are talking about. If not, then know that Microsoft moved a bunch of fonts that were previously added to support specific languages to “optional features” so when you performed an update, if the font used in most of your Word documents was one from, say the “Middle Eastern Languages” e.g. the Estrangelo Edessa, your documents will display text that will hardly be readable. The Estrangelo Edessa for example was added originally for supporting Middle Eastern languages that were written using the Syriac script but now it has been moved to be an optional feature in the package known as the “Syriac Supplemental Fonts” primarily because that’s how it should have been in the first place. But don’t you worry, we have got you covered. If you want to just change the font in all of your documents and currently have Estrangelo Edessa or any other currently unsupported font, then you can do the following steps:

Go to the document that you want to change the font of. Click on “File” at the top left of your MS word window and select “Options”.

On the left side of the window, you will see a list of tabs. Select “Advanced” from that window.

In the resulting window, keep scrolling down until you find “Show document Content”.

In that section, you will find a button that says “Font Substitution”. When you click on it, it will recognize that you currently are using a font that you don’t have.

Here you can choose a substitute for the current font you are using and select any other for your documents.

This should be able to replace the currently used font by a supported one and your documents will no longer be written in an unreadable/unsupported font.

Microsoft ends up doing stuff that’s at times not liked by the majority of its user base but most of the times they are able to justify the alterations like they did here.


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