Did you know you can silently deploy fonts to your computers? Using a script, you can quickly and easily deploy fonts to as many computers as you need to within your business.
How to Deploy Fonts
1. Create a script called ADD_Fonts.cmd (or something else of your choosing, just be consistent) and save it in the same folder as the font files you want to install. Alternatively, if you do not want to save the .cmd and fonts in the same folder, you can modify the script to reference the path where the fonts are located. Read Emil’s comments for further instruction on correct formatting
2. To apply the changes you will need to reboot the machine. You can use the provided command in the script:
(remove the REM from applicable commands) to have the script run the reboot.
3. Create a New Package, the default Install Step should be in place. Add ADD_Fonts.cmd in the Install File field. Check “Include Entire Directory” (unless you are modifying your script to find the fonts in another directory)
If you do not have a reboot within your script (see step 2) remember to add in a reboot step.
ADD_Fonts.cmd with reg add
Modifications to Make
If you’re familiar with scripting, you’ll notice ECHO is commented out (REM) throughout, remove these where you would like an ECHO to be able to check each step run within the script. (This is handy for any troubleshooting you might need to do).
As noted in Step 2, the restart is commented out. You can leave commented out or remove the following from the script to not have a restart.
You do need to restart your machines to apply the changes, if you don’t use a script to do so you can add a Reboot step to your deployment package (multiple steps are an Enterprise-level feature, you can get a free trial.)
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