"There is insufficient memory or disk space. Word cannot display the requested font. "

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I tried the solution given by Kerjango however gpedit.msc appears to be non-existent on my machine. Perhaps because I have a 'home' instread of 'pro' version of Windows? In any event, I also tried running the command line prompt that Grukdon posted: icacls %windir%\Fonts /grant "ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES":(OI)(CI)RX /T and received an access is denied to the fonts folder. I assume that by "open an elevated command prompt" you mean to run as administrator? The other symptom I see is that some Word docs are fine and others give the error listed in the topic title. I suppose that all depends on which font the document is calling for?

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Hi Steve,

You are correct; Group Policy Editor is available in the Pro version of Windows. You are also right that Open an elevated command prompt means to run as administrator. If both of these methods did not work, try manually changing the permissions of the Fonts folder. To do this, follow the steps below:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to the Windows folder, and look for the Fonts folder.
  3. Right-click on the Fonts folder, and select Properties.
  4. Click on the Security tab, and select ALL APPLICATION PACKAGES in the list of groups or user names.
  5. Click the Edit button to change the permissions.

If the issue persists, we suggest that you create a new local administrator account on your computer and check if you will experience this issue in Word while on the new account

If you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to post a reply.

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No Security Tab in mine (as the picture above). Any help?

Update: 

https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-security/changing-permissions-to-access-font-files-folder/3f4da342-9a7d-4b5d-9b83-5f2b4bedcca5

I think I've solved it from this thread

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I am running Windows 365.  I just installed and ran Word 2016 and got the message:
"There is insufficient memory or disk space. Word cannot display the requested font. "

After installing an update to Win 10 a week ago and I immediately started getting this message from Word 2010 always.

What else to do but upgrade to 2016? 

No change.

I have looked through several suggestions and none of them seem to relate to my environment as the texts differ.

I still muddle on as best I can and have not made any progress except to learn that there are at least two Administrator modes.

I look at my account and see that I am tagged as an Administrator but of unknown genre.

Suggestions appreciated.

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Running these 2 lines fixed it for me, as it restored the permissions on those fonts.

Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts\*.*

Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts


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I can't say I figured out how to solve the problem completely, but have at least figured out what was causing it. In my case, MSWORD only throws the error message when the document I'm trying to open has a Google Font in it. Wrote about it on my blog.

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superb!!! after searching almost a week, your info works very well. thanks a lot!

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Running these 2 lines fixed it for me, as it restored the permissions on those fonts.

Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts\*.*

Get-acl C:\Windows\fonts\arial.ttf | Set-Acl -path c:\windows\fonts


Where do you run the commands?? I tried On Command Prompt and i got ‘Get-acl’ is not recognized as internal or external command’ please clarify where to run it

thanks 

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Use powershell

Thus, type powershell in your command prompt then type the commands.

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Use powershell

Thus, type powershell in your command prompt then type the commands.

Thank you. Your method resloved the issue.

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