When you activate fonts from Adobe Fonts, they will appear in the font menus of all your desktop applications, such as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Microsoft Office, and iWork. Use these fonts for print design, website mockups, word processing, and more.

Install the Creative Cloud desktop application

Fonts are activated on your computer through Creative Cloud desktop. If you do not have the software installed, download it from https://creative.adobe.com/products/creative-cloud

Choose fonts to activate

Start by browsing the library of fonts. You can toggle between the default & Japanese font collections from the mode selector at the top of the page.

Adobe Fonts browse page in default mode.

Add filters to refine the list of fonts. You can filter by classification (such as serif or sans serif), properties (x-height, width, weight), or language. 

The collection of Japanese fonts has different filtering options, so you can browse for kana-only fonts or by style classifications like Mincho, Gothic, Maru Gothic, and Brush.

Adobe Fonts browse page in Japanese mode.

When you find a font you like, click to view the family page. Select the font weights and styles you want to use, or use the menu at the top of the list to add full families.

The Museo Sans font family detail page.

Active fonts are shown in Creative Cloud desktop by clicking the f menu icon in the upper right corner.


If your fonts don’t show up in Creative Cloud desktop within a minute or two, check the troubleshooting guide.

Use the fonts in your desktop software programs

Once the fonts are active, they are added to the font menu in each application, alongside all of your installed fonts. They will be immediately available in most programs, but a few need to be restarted to add new fonts to the menu (for example, Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Office).

Synced fonts are added to the font menu in a word processing program

In addition to being listed in Creative Cloud desktop, your active fonts are listed on the website under the Active Fonts tab on My Adobe Fonts. The Fonts link under Resources in Creative Cloud desktop will also take you to the website. Read more about managing your fonts.


You can activate as many fonts as you'd like, but we recommend removing fonts you no longer use, to keep your font menu short and optimize performance. We keep track of the fonts you’ve used before in your Previously Active tab,  and you can always activate them again in the future.

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