25. April 2007

Get Microsoft Office 2007 Fonts legally and free

If you fancy the fonts that ship with Office 2007 and Vista (Calibri is particularly nice), you can get them legally for free by downloading and installing the PowerPoint Viewer 2007. In fact, you don't even have to install the viewer in order to get the fonts. Using the 7-zip tool, you can open the installer as a regular zip file and extract the fonts (the .TTF files) from the ppviewer.cab file. Source: Praegnanz.de


rob hat gesagt…

I used these fonts quite a bit when I was using the Office 2007 trial. Glad to see this trick! Where would I extract the .ttf files in order to use them in OpenOffice?

Ryan L hat gesagt…

Put them in your system fonts folder, e.g.,

You should be able to use them with OpenOffice.

Anonym hat gesagt…

Legality is questionable, since there is an EULA (and eula.txt) in that download. They are, however, in binary (weird), and thus is not readable unless one runs the installer.

For all I know, it says the fonts are only allowed to be used with the included application. Ah well. Still, a neat trick. Especially since 7-zip has been ported to other OSes!

Andrew Z hat gesagt…

Michel: Read Fonts Components on the PowerPoint Viewer 2007 web page.

Depending on loose that means (for example, legal dual boot or virtualization), you can install these Vista fonts on Linux too.

Anonym hat gesagt…

Ah, so on Linux cabextract can do the whole operation. Neat. I was using 7-zip to open up the .exe and cabextract for the .cab inside it.

The language is indeed a bit vague. Good thing I still have Vista installed (just because the manufacturer only issues BIOS updates on Windows, heh)

Andrew Z hat gesagt…

FWIW, the PP doesn't say which version of Windows. As far as I can tell, Windows 3.1 for Workgroups is good enough---bad memories! :)


Stephen hat gesagt…

FYI: For those using OS X, Stuffit Expander (free download) can open up .exe and .cab archives, so there's no need to go through the process of using Terminal to run 7zip (unless you're a command-line Darwin junkie, of course).