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Installing Tamil fonts in Windows 10

microsoftquest asked on

Hi,

After upgrading my OS to Windows 10 I am not able to view Tamil letters in Google Chrome browser while it works in Microsoft edge. I tried installing some fonts from online but seems it is not working. Can you please advise.

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PeterCon [MSFT] replied on

Hi, microsoftquest.

Out of curiousity, did you upgrade from Windows 7?

Windows has a number of fonts that are designed for use with particular languages. In the past, these used to be installed on all Windows systems. In Windows 10, a number of these fonts have been moved into optional features. There is one of these optional features, "Supplemental Tamil Fonts", that includes the Latha and Vijaya fonts. Without this feature installed, Tamil is still supported on all Windows 10 systems using the Nirmala UI font, but some apps, Web sites or documents that require the other fonts might have issues.

The feature will be installed automatically if you add the Tamil language to your profile in Settings. This is the same as enabling a Tamil keyboard. (The feature is installed from Windows Update, so you need to be online for this to happen.)

If you upgraded from Windows 8 and already had Tamil in your settings on Windows 8, then the optional Tamil fonts feature will be installed automatically during the upgrade.

If you upgraded from Windows 7 and had a Tamil keyboard enabled already, then after the upgrade, Tamil should be included in your language profile, but unfortunately the optional Tamil fonts feature was not installed as part of the upgrade. After a while, the system will detect that Tamil language is enabled but that the optional font feature is not installed, and it will install the font feature. This could take several days, however.

You can fix your issue now either by adding Tamil language to your user language profile (if it's not already included), or you can enable the optional feature manually. Both of these are done in Settings.

  • Click the Start button.
  • Click Settings.

To add the Tamil language to your language profile:

  • In Settings, click Time & language.
  • Click Region & language.
  • If Tamil is not included in your languages, click the "+" icon next to Add a language.
  • Scroll to find Tamil, then click on it to add it to your language list.Once you have added Tamil to your language list, then the optional Tamil font feature and other optional features for Tamil language support will be installed, provided you are online. This should only take a few minutes.

To manually add the optional Tamil fonts feature:

  • In Settings, click System.
  • Click Apps & features.
  • Click on the link, Manage optional features.
  • If "Tamil Supplemental Fonts" is not listed among the installed features, click on the "+" icon next to Add a feature.
  • Scroll to find "Tamil Supplemental Fonts". Click on that item, then click on Install.
  • Click on the back arrow in the upper corner of the window.

You should see the Tamil feature in the list as installed or in the process of being installed.

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