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When should I embed fonts?

No embedding is needed if...

If the only font you are using is Roboto (SmartBuilder’s default font), you don’t need to do anything. Roboto is embedded in new lessons by default.

What if I'm using fonts other than Roboto? If you are using SmartBuilder on a corporate computer and are only delivering content to similarly configured computers (which have the same fonts installed as you do), you probably do not need to worry about embedding fonts; the fonts that you use will probably be pre-installed on your learners’ computers, so fonts will appear as intended.

Embedding may be needed if…

If you're using SmartBuilder on a computer (e.g. a Mac) and are delivering content to learners who may be on a different device (e.g. a Windows computer, or a mobile device), and you are using fonts other than Roboto, then you should embed your fonts in your lesson to ensure that they look as intended.

How to know which fonts are used in your lesson

Follow steps 1-2 below in the How to embed fonts with your lesson topic.The Manage Embedded Fonts window will list all the fonts used in your lesson.

fonts used in lesson within manage embedded fonts window

How to embed fonts with your lesson

  1. On the Edit menu, click Lesson Settings.
    Edit Menu selecting Lesson Settings
  2. In the Lesson Settings window, select the Authoring tab and click the Manage Embedded Fonts button.
    Lesson Settings, Authoring, Manage Embedded Fonts
  3. Select the font that you want to embed then click Embed.
  4. If this is the first time you’re embedding a particular font, you’ll see the Embed Font window. Click the plus "+" button and select the font face you wish to embed. You’ll need to start with the Regular font face.

    NOTE If you don’t select a font file for Italic, Bold or Bold Italic, the operating system will often be able to render these font faces based on the Regular font face. However, if you can import the font files for these variations, the text rendering will usually be higher quality.

    Manage Embedded Fonts Window
  5. Select the font file that matches the font face in the Embed Font window. In the example below, Railway-Regular.ttf is selected for the Regular font face.

    Embedding raleway font

If you can’t find the font file on your computer, you should be able to download it from the font publisher, such as If this isn’t possible, you can find font files installed on your computer as follows:

Windows: Fonts files are located in the \Windows\Fonts folder. This folder is hidden when you use the file browser window.

finding windows fonts

You will need to copy the font files you wish to use out of the \Windows\Fonts folder and place them in a temporary folder in order to select them from the file browser window shown above.

Mac: Fonts files are normally located in System > Library > Fonts folder

finding mac fonts

NOTE It is your responsibility to adhere to the font licensing agreements for any fonts you wish to embed in your lesson.