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Resolve missing fonts in desktop applications

  1. Adobe Fonts User Guide
  2. Introduction
    1. System and subscription requirements
    2. Browser and OS support
    3. Add fonts on your computer
    4. Add fonts to your website
    5. Add fonts on CC Mobile
  3. Font licensing
    1. Font licensing
    2. Manage your account
    3. Licensing for Creative Cloud for enterprise customers
    4. Adding font licenses to your account
    5. Removing fonts from the subscription library
    6. Adobe Fonts not available to Adobe IDs registered in China
    7. Why aren't these fonts included in my Creative Cloud subscription?
    8. Morisawa font removal September 2021
  4. Getting and using fonts
    1. Using Adobe Fonts in Creative Cloud apps
    2. Manage your fonts
    3. Resolve missing fonts in desktop applications
    4. Using fonts in InDesign
    5. Fonts and typography
    6. Using web fonts in HTML5 Canvas documents
    7. Using fonts in InCopy
    8. How to use fonts in Adobe Muse
    9. Using web fonts in Muse
    10. Packaging font files
    11. Troubleshooting guide: Adding fonts
    12. Added fonts aren't showing to font menu
    13. "Unable to add one or more fonts" or "A font with the same name is already installed"
    14. What happens when a font I'm using is updated by the foundry?
  5. Web design and development
    1. Add fonts to your website
    2. Troubleshooting guide: Adding fonts to a website
    3. Using web fonts in HTML email or newsletters
    4. Using web fonts with Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
    5. CSS selectors
    6. Customize web font performance with font-display settings
    7. Embed codes
    8. Dynamic subsetting & web font serving
    9. Font events
    10. Why are my web fonts from
    11. Site can't connect to
    12. Using web fonts with CodePen
    13. Browser and OS support
    14. Domains
    15. Using web fonts when developing locally
    16. Content security policy
    17. Printing web fonts
  6. Language support and OpenType features
    1. Language support and subsetting
    2. Using OpenType features
    3. Syntax for OpenType features in CSS
  7. Font technology
    1. OpenType-SVG color fonts
    2. Ten Mincho: important points on updating from Version 1.000

If you see a Missing Fonts message upon opening a file in one of your desktop applications, this means that the file uses fonts that you don’t currently have on your computer. If you proceed without resolving the missing fonts, a default font will be substituted in. Since this affects the appearance of the document — sometimes dramatically so — we recommend resolving the missing fonts.

Replace missing fonts

InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator have Adobe Fonts (previously named Typekit) fully integrated with the desktop software.  When you open a file that uses fonts which aren't available on your computer, the missing fonts window will show which of those fonts are included with your Creative Cloud subscription.

Use the checkboxes to choose the fonts you want to add, and then click the add button to add them to your computer.


You need to be connected to the internet and logged in to Creative Cloud desktop to add missing fonts through Creative Cloud.

Once the fonts have been added to your computer, they will be applied automatically to the text in your document. You can then continue working with the text as usual.

If there is any problem adding the new fonts, you’ll see an error message in the Missing Fonts dialog and in Creative Cloud desktop.

If you see any other problem when adding new fonts, consult the troubleshooting guide.

For desktop applications without a font integration

For applications that don’t have a font integration built in, you will see a variety of different messages when fonts are missing from the document. Some applications may not have a missing fonts alert at all, and will simply replace the fonts automatically with defaults.

You can browse or search for the missing fonts from the Adobe Fonts website, and add them through Creative Cloud desktop. Once they are added to your computer, they will be available to use from your desktop software programs.

You may need to restart the application after adding new fonts before they show up in the font menu.

What if the font isn't available through Adobe Fonts?

If you need a font that isn't included in the subscription library, it will be available to purchase from the font foundry website or from a font reseller, such as Fontspring


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