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How to add fonts to WordPerfect 5.1

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Hello, I have a friend with an old computer, and I'm helping her to learn how to use WordPerfect 5.1, but I have forgotten many things about this program. If anyone uses it, could please tell me how can I add more fonts. After the installation it has only three, with different sizes and so, but only three types, and no one scalable.
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Shawn Connelly earned 800 total points
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WordPerfect 5.1 (like most of the earlier DOS word processors) relied on the ROM fonts in the printer.  The correct font is  selected by using the appropriate print driver.  The number of fonts available depends on the printer and how well the driver matches the printer's capabilities.

Now, having said that, there are several things to consider:
1. Are you using the correct and latest print driver for the printer?  (Which printer?) Check www.corel.com and the web site of the printer manufacturer.

2. In the past, many third party companies designed soft font add-on programs that added unlimited font capability to virtually all dot-matrix printers.  One of the best (which I used with v5.1) was made by a company called Glyfix (oh my god, they still exist - www.glyphix.com)

For other (free) soft-font solutions, check out the following programs at www.filepile.com : LQMX444A.ZIP, LJ3FNT.ZIP, COPYFONT.ZIP

3. Upgrade to WP 6.2 for DOS, this version actually supports Windows truetype fonts!  In addition, you get WYSIWYG.

Hope I helped!

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Thanks a lot for the answers. I have checked that the number of fonts increases with different printers. I still haven't checked the addresses in the 2nd solution, but this is enough.
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