Microsoft Word offers a variety of cursive and handwriting fonts (or typefaces, which is the more accurate name for the different font styles), and they’re actually provided by the operating system rather than the Office version. For this story, we’ll discuss the cursive and handwriting fonts available in Windows 10.

Windows 10 currently has twenty Cursive (or “Script” typefaces), two Handwriting typefaces, three Blackletter typefaces, one Greek-Roman, and once Curly or Fancy typeface. Typefaces often fall into multiple categories; for example, Script and Handwriting typefaces are also classified as Calligraphy, Fancy, and Decorative. The Blackletter typefaces are also called Old English and Medieval; and the Greek Roman typefaces crossover with the Roman, Serif, and Gothic typefaces. (Windows limits its categories to Text, Informal, Display, and Symbol). (Feeling creative? You can make your own fonts in Windows 10, too!)

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Does Microsoft Word have handwriting or cursive fonts? Click the drop-down list in the Font section of the Ribbon menu to see the full list. 

You can review the current Windows 10 font list (and information on which products support them) on Microsoft’s website, although it neither shows nor tells you which typefaces are cursive. For a visual search, it’s best to open Word and click the drop-down list of font names in the Font section of the Ribbon menu. Scroll down to view the fonts, each font’s name written in its own lettering.

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Typeface categories

You can also type a font name at the top of the drop-down menu to go straight to ones that interest you. The current Windows 10 Script typefaces include Brush Script MT, Edwardian Script ITC, Freestyle Script, French Script MT, Gigi, Harlow Solid Italic, Kunstler Script, Lucida Calligraphy, Lucida Handwriting, Magneto, Matura MT Script Capitals, Mistral, Monotype Corsiva, Palace Script MT, Pristina, Rage Italic, Script MT Bold, Segoe Script, Vivaldi, and Vladimir Script.

The Handwriting typefaces include Bradley Hand ITC and Viner Hand ITC. The Blackletter group includes Parchment, Old English Text MT, and Blackadder ITC. And last, the Greek Roman and Curly/Fancy are Informal Roman and Curlz MT, respectively.

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Windows 10 typefaces

If you have a different version of Windows or just want to see which typefaces/fonts are available on your system, open the Fonts folder and review the list.

1. From your desktop, select the C: drive, then locate the Windows folder and select (click or double-click) Windows Fonts.

2. Use your mouse to shrink the window from the bottom up, so an image of the selected typeface displays at the bottom of the window. Cursor down through the list to view specific fonts.



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