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Arial Black is always in Italic

If you are running Windows XP, Service Pack 3, you may be wondering why, when you use the Arial Black font in your appplications, it now almost always displays in Italic, not giving you the opportunity to switch to íNormalí! Yes, wonderful Windows Update cocks things up again.

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We did some research on this and found quite a few solutions involving things like delving into $NtServicePackUninstall$ folders. Now, whereas these solutions all work, they really are not for the average user who will quite likely have system and critical folders hidden. And it is to the average user that we address this article.

How to restore my Arial Black font

  1. Download the following zip file to your Desktop or your Downloads folder (the normal folder that your downloads end up in). It contains Arial Black and Arial Black Italic from an ancient (well, a little old) pre Service Pack 3 installation. Weíve tested them and they work:
  2. Unzip the file (if you donít already have a file compression/decompression application, download 7-Zip. Itís completely free, it works in Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista and itís very, very good) and place them in the same folder. At this point, do not place them in your Fonts folder.
  3. Close all open programs. Open My Computer and navigate to your fonts folder. You will find it here:
    C > Windows > Fonts
  4. In your Fonts folder delete Arial Black and Arial Black Italic. Be sure only to delete the Arial BLACK fonts, not any other Arial fonts.
  5. Now move or copy the two font files that you unzipped earlier into your Fonts folder. Youíll see a font installation progress window for a few seconds and then the Arial Black fonts will be installed.
  6. Open a program, e.g. OpenOffice Writer or MSWord, to test that you can once again switch from Arial Black to Arial Black Italic and back.


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