In a creative and fun step, the latest update to Microsoft Windows now means that you can achieve maximum personalisation in your written communications by using the ‘Microsoft Font Maker’ to turn your handwriting into a font that you can install and use on your computer. Here’s how (N.B. It works best with a digital pen and tablet):
- Download Microsoft Font Maker: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/microsoft-font-maker/9n9209f8s3vc?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
- Either click the pen icon on the taskbar or manually enter the Settings > Devices > Pen & Windows Ink.
- Launch Font Maker, and write each letter in each box as shown.
- On the next page, write 3 short sentences to tell the program how to space your words.
- Make any final adjustments in the size of font and spacing in the sample page (you’ll be shown this).
- Click the Create button to export your font.
- Save your new font to the fonts folder – go to the File Explorer folder icon on your taskbar, then – This PC > Local Disk > Windows > Fonts, or save it to a known location and then copy and paste it into the fonts folder.
- You can now use a digital version of your own handwriting in popular programs e.g. Word and WordPad.