Helvitica font - how to add to server 2012 R2


I got an email which contained a font I liked very much. Helvitica.    however, although my outlook identified the font, it is not available for my use in outlook, nor in word.
why not, and can I add this font   ?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
You can buy a copy from Adobe or whoever the manufacturer is.  However... if you do not have it on your system already, it is very likely that some other font was substituted for it when you read your email.  Here is a list of the Helvetica fonts from MyFonts:  https://www.myfonts.com/fonts/adobe/helvetica/

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Helvetica isn't included in Microsft's list of fonts because it belongs to a third party, Linotype.

You can download it from their site, but you have to buy it first. See this link:


... but be prepared to dig deep into your exchequer!

A rough equivalent to it in the list of fonts available in Word is Swiss 721 Roman, but the likeness is an approximation, at least to my untutored eye.
intelogentAuthor Commented:
what i do not understand is , if i do not have it on my system, how did my system identify it as "helvita" when i selected the font in the email body that i received?

that makes no sense... right  ?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
If it was an HTML email, then, like any HTML page, the fonts are declared in the code for the page.  However... if you don't have the font on your system, some other font will be substituted without telling you.  It has worked that way for 20 years now.
intelogentAuthor Commented:
so are you saying that the code for the helvitica was in the email it self., and that is how my computer was able to recognize it as such. and that this is true even though the helvitica is not other wise seen as a choice in font selection...

if that is right, i find this fascinating.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
No, I'm suggesting that some other font was substituted when Helvetica was requested.  Happens all the time.
intelogentAuthor Commented:

my apologies, I have let this question go.....

how can I know which font was substituted for helvitica  ?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
That gets kind of complicated.  I believe that different programs make their own substitutions.  There are also entries somewhere in the Windows Registry for 'standard' font substitutions.
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