I have downloaded the SIL IPA fonts for Windows. Now what do I do?

SIL IPA93 (Windows 3.1, 95, 98, Me)

The SILIPA93.EXE is a setup program containing the SIL IPA93 fonts and documentation. All you need to do is double click on it with the mouse. This will install the fonts and documentation into Windows for you. You do not need to use Control Panel/Fonts.

SIL IPA (Windows 3.1, 95, 98, Me)

The SILIP12A.EXE is a self-extracting file containing the SIL IPA fonts, documentation and installation program. The first thing you must do is place the SILIP12A.EXE in a temporary directory on your hard drive. Then at the DOS prompt type "silip12a" OR in Windows, open File Manager or Explorer and find the SILIP12A.EXE file and double click on it with the mouse. In both cases this will extract the files contained in the SILIP12A.EXE file. Then use File Manager or Explorer to double click on the INSTALL.EXE program. (Note that File Manager does not always update the screen after you extract the files from SILIP12A. You can to press F5 to update the screen). The install program will install the fonts into Windows for you. You do not need to use Control Panel/Fonts.

SIL IPA93 (Windows NT4, 2000, XP)

Run the installation program (SILIPA93.EXE or INSTALL.EXE) as described above, which will copy the font files to the \WINNT\System folder. Then, install the fonts using the Control Panel, as follows:

  1. Click on Start / Settings / Control Panel / Fonts
  2. Click on File / Install New Font
  3. In the Add Fonts dialog that appears, navigate to the \WINNT\System folder on the drive where Windows is installed (usually C:, but might be another drive). The font names should appear.
  4. Click on Select All, then on OK.

(Alternatively, the fonts can be moved from the \WINNT\System folder to the \WINNT\Fonts folder using Windows Explorer.)

SIL IPA (Windows NT4, 2000, XP)

The SIL IPA installation program does not run in Windows NT4, 2000, or XP. We recommend using the SIL IPA93 fonts instead.