Not very often, but sometimes fonts in Windows start to behave unexpectedly. You select one font in a text editor and Windows selects an entirely different font, or the font does not change no matter which font you select. This is usually because of the font cache corruption. This type of problems are usually fixed by restarting Windows, but if even a reboot is not able to fix the font cache corruption then you have to delete the old font cache and rebuild a new font cache. Rebuilding font cache in Windows 8 is very easy to do and after rebuilding the font cache you should be able to use all the installed fonts without any further problems.
You can follow these steps to rebuild the font cache in Windows 8:
- Press the hotkey Win + R to open the Run dialog. Type services.msc and press Enter to open the Services Manager.
- In the Services Manager, select the service named Windows Presentation Foundation Font Cache 188.8.131.52 and click on the stop button in the toolbar. If this service is not running, then there is no need to stop the service.
- Press the hotkey Win + R to open the Run dialog. Type %WinDir%\ServiceProfiles\LocalService\AppData and press Enter.
- If you have never opened this folder before, Windows will show a warning about permissions. Click on the Continue button to gain permissions. After this a folder will be opened in Windows Explorer.
- In the opened folder, double-click on the sub-folder named Local. Inside the Local folder, you would find several files which have their names starting with ~FontCache-. Select all these files and delete them. Do not delete any folders even if they are empty.
- Reboot your computer. When Windows restarts, it will rebuild a new font cache. Now you should not see any misplaced or strange fonts issues.