Temporary Font Manager

Temporary Font Manager is designed to load fonts temporarily into the Windows environment without the need to install fonts into the Windows fonts folder. Temporary Font Manager works with TTF (Raw TrueType Font), OTF (PostScript OpenType Font) and FON (Font Resource File) font files. Temporary Font Manager has been tested on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Temporary Font Manager: interface

Why Temporary Font Manager

Temporary Font Manager is primarily developed for those who need to work with fonts on school, university or company computers and are not allowed to install fonts permanently into the Windows environment. Insufficient or restricted user credentials can disallow users to install fonts into the Windows fonts folder. If this sound familiar to you than consider downloading Temporary Font Manager. Temporary Font Manager can temporary install fonts from any location on your hard drive, cloud storage or USB device. Due to it’s portable design no installation is required. The program itself can execute from portable media like USB devices or external hard drives.

Temporary Font Manager can also be of great support if you, for example, work with a lot of different fonts on a daily basis. It is probably not your preferred choice to permanently install dozens of fonts as it will slow down your system. Temporary Font Manager can be a great alternative for those people.

Temporary Fonts

Fonts installed with Temporary Font Manager are system wide available for all programs as long as Temporary Font Manager is active. Closing Temporary Font Manager will automatically uninstall all temporarily installed fonts. Please note that Windows will also automatically unload all temporarily installed fonts when ending your Windows session (log off / shutdown / restart).

System tray

Temporary Font Manager can minimise to the system tray. By minimising the program to the system tray Temporary Font Manager is no longer visible on the screen. To restore Temporary Font Manager from the system tray simply click on the Temporary Font Manager tray icon.

Temporary Font Manager: system tray icon

Strict loading / unloading

Temporary Font Manager uses the default Windows API to temporarily install and uninstall fonts. On very few computers the default API might cause problems with temporarily installing and uninstalling font files due to insufficient credentials. If Temporary Font Manager seems to freeze on your system simply uncheck the “Strict loading / unloading fonts” checkbox and Temporary Font Manager tries to resolve credential limitations by using an alternative method for temporary installing and uninstalling fonts.

Temporary Font Manager: strict font loading style=


Temporary Font Manager is released as freeware (not as free or open source software). Temporary Font Manager contains no advertisement, in-app purchases, hidden fees, or disabled functionality. The usage of Temporary Font Manager is licensed to you for free in accordance with the terms and conditions as described in our End User License Agreement (EULA).

Drag and Drop

Temporary Font Manager supports loading of individual fonts, supports scanning a folder including all sub-folders for available fonts and supports drag and drop fonts from the Windows Explorer.

Project files

Lists of fonts can be saved in Temporary Font Manager project files for easy access each time you continue working on your projects. Temporary Font Manager project files can also be opened by double clicking project files from the Windows Explorer. Command line batch support for project files is also included. For example “tfm.exe demo.tfml” will load all fonts from the project file demo.tfml into Temporary File Manager.

Crash recovery

It is not our intention that Temporary Font Manager crashes but in the off-chance that this happens Temporary Font Manager will automatically recover the state of all temporary loaded and installed fonts on restart.

Issues and limitations

Temporary Font Manager 1.1x is still in development. The short list below shows currently known issues and limitations:

  • 32 bit version (x86) is not available and support for 32 bit environments will not be implemented.
  • support for obsolete Windows versions like XP, NT4, 2000 and Vista will not be implemented.

Download Temporary Font Manager

Temporary Font Manager is available for download as a “ZIP” archive. Unzip Temporary Font Manager to any folder you prefer using the build-in Windows decompressor or a free archiver tool like 7-ZIP. Double click “TFM.exe” after extracting the ZIP archive to run Temporary Font Manager.

Version: 1.38
License: Freeware (EULA)
Document format: ZIP archive
File size: 1.88 MB
Downloads: 14136
Platform: Windows x64 (64 bit)
Download: TemporaryFontManager.zip
MD5 Hash: 5a32bb2dd3aa22f73773533e91323c08
SHA1 Hash: 721626f51d044e8c0432e2a756d15e15bbf68859
SHA256 Hash: 847d81aa7def44a4107572b4bec74ddab9f7c4f83308ccc54c72a93c8629ef40

To verify the integrity of the “Temporary File Manager 1.38” ZIP archive check the MD5, SHA-1 or SHA-256 checksum after download by using a Hash calculator. See our Windows built-in MD5 and SHA checksum calculator page for how to use the default Windows hash calculators. If you prefer to use a tool with a Graphical User Interface please take a look at Hash Tool, available for free in the Microsoft Store.


Temporary Font Manager is distributed as freeware. However, if you wish to express your appreciation for the time and resources we have spent developing and supporting it and help support the costs for our development tools we give you the possibility to make a small donation.

If you wish to make a donation, simply click on the PayPal “Donate” button. You don’t need to have a PayPal account, you can use any bank card when you select bank card as payment method.

Change log

version 1.38

  • added Windows shell links (shortcut) support for Drag and Drop
  • added Windows shell links (shortcut) support for Scan Folder
  • added recursive folder support for Drag and Drop

No warranties

Temporary Font Manager is provided “As Is”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and noninfringement. In no event shall the authors or copyright holders be liable for any claim, damages or other liability, whether in an action of contract, tort or otherwise, arising from, out of or in connection with the software or the use or other dealings in the software.

In no event does No Nonsens inc. authorise the use of “Temporary Font Manager” in applications or systems where “Temporary Font Manager” failure to perform can reasonably be expected to result in a significant physical injury, or in loss of life. Any such use by you is entirely at your own risk, and you agree to hold No Nonsens inc. harmless from any claims or losses relating to such unauthorised use.

Read more about terms and conditions in our End User License Agreement (EULA).


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12 thoughts on “Temporary Font Manager”

  1. Hai.
    Thanks for this software. As a Graphic Designer, I rely on this.
    I have a feature request. Pls add a button to load recent set of fonts loaded.

    1. You can right click somewhere on the fonts list (Font Name, Type, Status, System Name, etc) columns and choose ‘Load font project file’ from the context menu. From here you can open your saved project files. Right click and choose ‘Save font project file’ to save the currently loaded fonts into a project file.

  2. Hi,
    just stumbled upon TFM and have to say: GREAT, thank you so much!
    nevertheless i face one issue concerning batch support: when opening TFM in command line including project files, all fonts are loaded, but “unchecked”, which means, that the fonts are not automatically temporarily installed. i have to install each of them manually by clicking the box. so, just imagine you are importing 99 fonts – that means 99 additional clicks in order to install those fonts
    is there any solution existing? i.e. a switch for commandline etc.?

    1. The current version does not support automatic installation when using command line switches, however there is no need to install each font one by one. Right click on one of the loaded fonts and choose Install all fonts from the context menu. This will temporary install all fonts present in Temporary Font Manager.

      1. that works for me! – thank you so much. your work makes my everyday life at work really easier!

  3. Somehow all my beautiful added fonts had disappeared from Windows installed fonts. Well, I had had a problem with that which had been resolved but I had not asked for any additional help removing all the fonts I had installed! I am so glad I found your useful program. Thank you very much. Many more people should know about it.

  4. I have used other solutions for installing temporary fonts but literally, Temporary Font Manager is the best solution so far. And it is super easy to use!

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