Before you start using Ascii Punjabi fonts - Read this important section on Using Unicode Punjabi on SikhiWiki. The modern and more compatible way to write Gurmukhi on your computer is by using the Unicode system. This system system has many advantages and is now the industry standard.

Traditionally, Ascii fonts sets have been used to represent different languages on computers. This is an extension of using different fonts within the same language. For example, when writing in English, one can use various font sets like "Times Roman" or "Arial", etc. This method has many restrictions and disadvantages when used to represent characters of different languages. The main disadvantage is the none compatibility with other computers; it is a non-regulated and non-standardised system; every computer needs to have "the particular fonts set" loaded before the text will display.

To resolve problems associated with representing characters of different world languages, the computer industry has come up with a much better solution. This is to use a unique code to represent all the characters of the most popular world languages. This "universal" method of representing the world's languages is called Unicode.

To allow you to work in Gurmukhi script, you will need to enable unicode language on your computer. Learn how to setup your computer to type Punjabi/Gurmukhi - Once you do this you can enter text in Gurmukhi also. This is usefull if you are wanting to include Gurbani Quotes or other bani along with English. An online OnScreen Punjabi Gurmukhi/Shahmukhi Keyboard link is also included for typing without any kind of Setup.

Below are some Punjabi Gurmukhi Fonts


Hindi Fonts


How to Install

Installing TrueType Fonts in Windows

Choose Start > Settings > Control Panel

Note: In Windows XP, choose Start > Control Panel

Double-click the Fonts folder.

Choose File > Install New Font.

Locate the fonts you want to install.

In the Drives list, select the drive and the folder( where you saved the fonts)containing the fonts you want to install.

In the Folders list, select a folder that contains the fonts you want to install. The fonts in the folder appear under List of Fonts.

Select the fonts to install. To select more than one font, hold down the CTRL key and click each font.

To copy the fonts to the Fonts folder, make sure the Copy fonts to the Fonts folder check box is selected.

Note: If installing fonts from a floppy disk or a CD-ROM, you should make sure this check box is selected. Otherwise, to use the fonts in your applications, you must always keep the disk in the disk drive.

Click OK to install the fonts.

Click on the name of TTF font with the right mouse button to download. From the presented menu, select "Save Target As ..." (when using Internet Explorer) or "Save Link As..." (when using Netscape Navigator).

For Mac Operating System

Installing TrueType Fonts in Mac OS

Mac OS font files are compressed in a format called “binhex”. Usually, your browser should automatically unpack these files after downloading them. By default, these files appear on the Desktop. However, if you have problems unpacking them, you can download StuffIt Expander for the Macintosh from Aladdin Systems. Once you have installed the software, you can extract the files by dragging and dropping the HQX or SIT file onto the StuffIt Expander application

Macintosh System 9.x allows you to open 512 suitcases at once. Macintosh System 8.x and earlier only allow you to open 128 font suitcases at one time. If you exceed these limits, not all the fonts you install will work. Before installing fonts, you should close any open applications. For some applications, new fonts do not appear in the font menu if you install them while the application is open. In the Finder, open the folder or disk that contains the fonts you want to install. Select the font suitcases for the fonts you want to install. Drag and drop the fonts onto the closed System Folder icon. Click OK to install the fonts.

|Download MacWebFont.sit a file containing 'GurbaniWebThick' and 'GurbaniHindiWeb' fonts.

After downloading file MacWebFont.sit, double click on it to expand it into file MacTrFon.suit. Drag the file MacWebFont.suit onto the System Folder.

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