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asked 2019-06-29 19:32:35 +0200

hattohoax gravatar image

I have just moved to a new OS (Linux Mint) and have had to reinstall or update certain programmes. In Libreoffice5, the list of fonts includes many in non-European script. The chances of my needing any of these fonts is minimal, although I welcome their being included. But what I should like to be able to do is select those fonts which are relevant to my default language (English-UK), and have a custom list which includes only those. Any ideas?? Many thanks. And PS - where is Times New Roman??

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answered 2019-06-29 19:57:36 +0200

RGB-es gravatar image

Fonts are managed by the operating system, not by LibreOffice, so you have two options: uninstall the fonts you don't need or disable them.

Uninstalling may be a bit of a problem: depending on your Linux distribution (I don't have experience with Mint), you may get some dependencies with other packages that will block the uninstall. For example, on openSUSE you cannot uninstall the Source Pro fonts because the distribution's branding depends on them.

So the most secure solution is to "disable" those fonts. How to do that depends on your desktop environment: for example, KDE's font manager allows you to disable a font picking by the right option from the right click menu. Again, I don't have experience on the desktop used by Mint, so I don't know if that option is available there, you need to check the documentation.

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answered 2019-06-30 11:51:48 +0200

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updated 2019-07-01 13:09:22 +0200

On my Linux/Mint system the fonts are stored in three areas.

The /usr/share/fonts as mentioned above. The /opt/libreoffice6.2/share/fonts (where 6.2 varies depending on the version installed) Each installed copy of LibreOffice has its own folder). And /home/name/.fonts where name is your name.

The names of the last five fonts you have selected in LibreOffice are listed at the top of the font list. So, if you only use five or fewer fonts they are available at the top of the font list. If you select these five for your copy of your default template, you will see these when you create a new file.

If you load the Linux-Mint SOFTWARE MANAGER and select FONTS, you will find a list of the font packages installed on your system, some of font manager software together with a huge selection of font packages to install and manage together with details of each package. I would recommend looking at this list.

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answered 2019-06-30 11:21:27 +0200

hattohoax gravatar image

Since asking, I have found a simple way to install fonts, but it depends on their being stored somewhere on your system, and I have always kept a selection on a back-up USB. Open the file system as root by right-clicking on the desktop. A window will open giving this option. Click that, and open the file system in the normal way. There will be an extra panel which shows you have elevated privileges. Navigate to usr/share/fonts, and simply drag the required font from the USB or wherever you have stored it. Getting rid of non-European fonts I haven't yet tried. But thanks for the answers already provided.

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answered 2019-06-30 09:12:52 +0200

Grantler gravatar image

updated 2019-06-30 09:29:12 +0200

  • where is Times New Roman??

This is a Microsoft font. You may install the package tts-mscorefonts-installer and it will give you following fonts as substitutes: .

  • Andale Mono
  • Arial Black
  • Arial (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Comic Sans MS (Fett)
  • Courier New (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Georgia (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Impact
  • Times New Roman (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Trebuchet (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Verdana (Fett, Kursiv, Fett Kursiv)
  • Webdings .

Try out Synaptic or "Appmanager" (I don't know the correct English expression) or work on terminal: sudo apt-get install ttf-mscorefonts-installer .

Please note: Probably there are some problems in installing (see German Ubuntu wiki:; there is the possibility of copying the fonts from Windows if your computer includes a Windows version (e.g. dual boot). .

Path to fonts in Linux (Debian/Ubuntu/LinuxMint) is:


On some websites you may find the PowerPointViewer for download (Microsoft has finished its support, so some other website can provide the installation file). This file (PowerPointViewer2010.exe) can be opened by archive manager and the ttf files can be extracted (from and moved to Linux' fonts folders. Or you install on WINE and then copy the ttf files.

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Please, notice that the mscorefonts package only include really ancient fonts: new versions of Times New Roman and all the rest of the gang use different metrics. That means that if you have those old fonts in your system and open a document created with the new ones, it will look completely different. I do NOT recommend to use the mscorefonts package, the fonts in it are deprecated, they lack OpenType features (I think they don't even have ligatures) and must be avoided at any cost.

And about the use of the powerpointviewer: read the license, using that package is only allowed in windows systems, and that means that extracting the fonts on it to use on a different operative system is illegal.

Always use open source fonts ;)

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