How to get the Windows Vista Fonts for free on your Macintosh

If you have a friend with a PC chances are they are sending you documents that use fonts such as Calibri, Corbel and so on. Some of them are quite nice. Here is how to install them on your Macintosh for free – Cambria, Calibri, Consolas, Constantia, Corbel and Candara.

First you need to download the Open XML Converter for Macintosh. ( This program allows you to open Office 2008 programs in older versions of Microsoft office. It also includes all the fonts for Office 2008.

So you can either run the installer and it will install itself, or if you are a bit uneasy about installing Microsoft products on your computer, right click on the installer and select show package contents. Open the folder called ‘Contents’ then ‘Packages’ then select ‘show package contents’ of the file that is called OpenXML_all_fonts.
Open the folder called ‘Contents’ then double-click on ‘Archive.pax.gz’

This will create a directory of all the Microsoft fonts and you can install the ones you want simply by double clicking on them.


47 responses to “How to get the Windows Vista Fonts for free on your Macintosh”

  1. Sean

    Hats off to you, I’m not sure how you guys figure this out, but your amazing. Thankyou

  2. Graham

    Followed your instructions, but used Spotlight to find the Calibri font. Installed the regular one, and my iWeb problem is now fixed.

    Many thanks.

  3. Nik

    works fine. thank you!!!

  4. Applelover

    Works! Amazing! Thank you!!!

  5. Jeremy

    Thank you. Thank you. That worked perfectly!

  6. Sari

    Excellent!! Thank You–all worked fine. ;-)

  7. Jennifer

    Awesome. Worked great.

  8. Leslie

    Totally worked – You rock! Thank you!!!

  9. Martin

    Whaaaat? I can’t install it, because it is not from the Mac App Store. Is there any workaround?

    1. Not from App store…
      The workaround…
      System Preferences: Security: Allow Apps Downloaded from:
      Uncheck “Mac App Store”
      Check “Anywhere”

  10. Awesome! Thanks for this!

  11. hammerman

    ughh you know that’s illegal…it violates the end user license agreement when you buy your computer…It’s like buying a windows computer and copying all the software and giving it to your friends.

  12. “ughh you know that’s illegal…”
    How so? The software is made available by Microsoft to anyone. I don’t have any end user agreement with Microsoft – I have a Mac. How is it illegal?

  13. Tom Cooper

    I read the license agreement, and don’t see any reason why any mac user can’t install and use these fonts. Do you see something in the agreement which would stop me from installing it just for the fonts?

  14. EdO

    Thank you VERY much for this great tip. It worked just like you wrote it. VERY helpful to me to replace a missing Cambria font when I had to move PPro to another HHD and found 3 missing fonts in a large video project.

  15. Stephen

    After reading the license agreement, it looks legal to my eye too. One is left to wonder why MS would let this leak out. Maybe all the court cases in Europe have finally forced this to happen. (Hurrah!) If so, you would expect MS to announce it in the absolutely lowest-profile fashion, and they certainly did so. It took some geeky maven to find this and recognize its importance and post it on macintoshhowto.

    The court cases have been forcing the issue of interoperability on to MS, which has dragged its feet and stonewalled and appealed and reappealed and generally muscled its way into delaying this for years. I doubt that it will have much commercial impact, though. The number of people who are willing to come here and download this and pick out the font and install it is minuscule compared to the number who will simply be aggravated when they open a .pptx file in Keynote to discover the fonts are all fouled up and then just go buy Office in frustration.

    For people who do come here, though, I suggest whenever you can that you simply ask the originator of the PowerPoint file to switch his masterslide default fonts to something that is not proprietary. Permanently. This is a painless act that defeats the MS tactic.

  16. Alex

    Like all others here, just like to thak you for this!

  17. Tarkovsky

    Works perfectly. I have now bookmarked your site. Thanks!

  18. Dennis

    Perfect solution. Thanks so much.

  19. roux

    Fabulous. I followed your instructions to only get the fonts I wanted. Works wonderfully! Thank you for this information.

  20. Alex

    When I right-click, there’s no “show package contents”. Anyone know what the problem might be? Am I supposed to right-click a file inside the file?

    1. Alex

      Nevermind, got it. Thanks!

    2. Ada

      I have the same problem? Where am I going wrong?

  21. Gran

    Awesome workaround, simples !

  22. AverageJoe

    Works great! Thanks!

  23. Royce

    Just awesome!!

  24. beee

    This works a treat, thanks so much for the info! Have been looking for a solution for awhile.

  25. Bruce

    I tried your method but apparently the sorry bastards at Microsoft have password protected the archive.pax.gz file so it won’t open. Just one more reason on a long list of reasons to hate Microsoft!

    1. I just checked and it still works.

  26. Laura

    Sweeeeeet! Thanks you!!

    1. Carl

      Thanks very much.

  27. Alexandra

    Wow… F*ing works

  28. Paul

    Thanks. Your article had great instructions and made this very, very easy!

  29. james

    savage link. cheers

  30. B

    I can get to “contents” in the installer but there’s no “packages.”

    1. B

      Got what I needed another way. Thanks.

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