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Windows 10 > ‘Font cannot be deleted because it is in use’. They are not ‘in use’. What can I do?

It is common for Windows to complain that a ‘Font cannot be deleted because it is in use’ even though it is not in use at all. If you run into this issue you will not be able to delete the font or replace it with a new version in the Control Panels > Fonts folder.

To delete the font, firstly check that you have no open apps at all that may be using the font. To be extra sure restart your computer and try to remove the font on restart. If this does not work, you can delete the font by following these instructions.

Please note that only a technically proficient System Administrator should follow this procedure.

Step 1:

1. Open Control Panel > Fonts Folder
2. Click Organise > Layout > Uncheck ‘Details pane’

Now try to delete the font. If this does not work, proceed to...

Step 2:

1. Windows Search > regedit
2. Agree to enter the Registry Editor
3. Go to >


4. Delete the affected Font File Names from the list of files.
5. When you have deleted the files, return to the System Fonts folder and refresh it.

The troublesome fonts should now be removed.

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