When you install a new font by following the standard procedure, the font is installed in the Fonts directory present in your system drive.
If your Windows is installed on a relatively small drive and you are running out of space, you can install new fonts using shortcuts instead of actual font files. Windows will create only a shortcut of the file in Fonts directory and doesn’t move the original font file to the Fonts directory. This will help users who are low on disk space.
Install fonts as shortcuts in Windows 10
Although this is a very nifty feature but it is turned off by default in Windows 10 and you need to turn it on to install a font using shortcut. Following are the instructions given to do so.
Configure Windows 10 to allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut
Step 1: Open Control Panel.
Step 2: Look for Fonts and access it.
Step 3: Click Font settings on the left side of the screen.
Step 4: Check the option labelled Allow fonts to be installed using a shortcut (advanced), and then click OK button.
To install a font as a shortcut
Step 1: Go to the folder where the new fonts you want to install are located.
Step 2: Right-click on it and then click Install as shortcut option. Click Yes if any confirmation dialog appears.
*Don’t move the original font file from its location as moving or deleting the font file might make the installed for unusable. If you move the font file ever, please follow above given instructions again to install it as shortcut.