Where to Find Great Cursive Fonts For Microsoft Word
written by: MD Weems•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 11/13/2008
Looking for a way to jazz up that document? Want a way to format your signature in emails so that it looks more like a hand-written signature? Well, here are some great cursive fonts, and great places to get them, that can help you bring some style to anything.
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Just What Are Cursive Fonts?
When you take a look at the fonts that are already loaded on your computer in Microsoft Word, you'll see a huge variety of sizes, shapes, styles, and more. From fonts that look handwritten to those that are nothing more than symbols, you should be able to find one that will fit any job you have. The cursive fonts are those that have connected letters in at least half of the word you type. For example, in the word “letter", a cursive font will attach all of the letters together so that they appear to be in one continuous stroke, just like handwritten cursive.
In the most recent versions of Microsoft Word, there are already some great cursive fonts that are loaded into the program: Blackadder ITC, Edwardian Script ITC, French Script MT, Mistral, Quigley Wiggly, Script, and Vivaldi. The problem with some of the cursive fonts that you'll find loaded into the program is that they are extremely small or the letters are really close together. So, if you are using them for normal sized lettering (such as 12 pt font), then you may have trouble reading it. But, if you are using it for larger font sizes, then these can work great. You simply need to try them out to see which one will work the best for what you need.
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Free Fonts Online
Of course, these aren't the only cursive fonts out there. There are many great free fonts that you can find online to add to your collection on your computer so that you have many more to choose from. While there are literally thousands of different sites out there that you can download free fonts from, you will want to make sure that you are careful you don't end up downloading anything else – like a virus – with them. To help you out, here are some great sites where you can find free fonts, both cursive and normal, to use on your computer:
1001 Free Fonts – www.1001freefonts.com – this is a great site where you can download more fonts than you can imagine, all for free. You should not have to worry about viruses or spyware here, but there are tons of ads, since this is a free site, so make sure that you scan all your downloads just to be safe.
Urban Fonts – www.urbanfonts.com – Yet another place online to find some cool fonts that are free to download and use on your computer. Here, you'll find some cooler fonts that are great for fliers and other fun ads as well as some larger fonts that are great for anything.
Font Freak – www.fontfreak.com – Well, the name says it all here. You'll not only find tons of free fonts that you can download here, they're all unique and great to use on your computer for anything. From cursive to normal to symbols to some that I don't know what to call them... there is something here for everyone.
OK – that's only three sites online, right? Right. I just don't have room here to list the thousands that are out there. But, that doesn't mean that you shouldn't check out some of the other sites as well to find the perfect font for what you're doing. There are so many great fonts out there that you can find and download for free; all you need to do is search through a few sites to find the one(s) that you want.
Just remember that you want to be careful when downloading anything off the net. Make sure that your virus and spyware programs are working properly and that they are scanning downloads, to ensure that nothing gets into your computer that you don't want. By ensuring that your software is working properly, you can download all the free fonts your heart desires, without worrying about all that bad junk getting in too.