In order to print checks, you need a special font to print the MICR
line, which is located at the bottom of the check. MICR or Magnetic Ink
Character Recognition is the format that the banks use to automatically
read your check information. Although many banks now use OCR
(Optical Character Recognition) techniques, to be completely correct
you should use the magnetic toner for your printer. Many banks
will accept checks printed even from an Ink jet printer, but may charge
you additionally for having to use a different procedure to read the
On to the business of downloading and installing your MICR Font.
AR Now Online is an application built from the ground up with the open
source program Interchange. It is hosted on a Linux server, and uses a
Postgres database. We believe strongly in open source applications and
as such chose to use a MICR font that was released under the GPL
(General Public License) And while we are not distributing the
font in an application, we are sending it out for you to use freely, so
we would like to give proper credit to Eric Sandeen whose hard work
created this font. Information regarding the GPL licensing for
the font can be seen here.
Downloading the MICR Font
to download the GNUMicr font file. Note: Linux users click here to
download zip file.
The file is a self executable
zip file, so once you have downloaded, just double click on the file.
The file will create a directory, c:/ARNOW_fonts on your
hard drive and place the True Type Font file - GNUmicr.ttf in
Follow the directions below to install the font to your
Installing TrueType Fonts into the
From the "Start" menu select
"Control Panel" and then select the "Appearance and Themes"
Select "Fonts" from the "See
Also" panel at the left of this screen.
On the "File" menu, select
"Install New Font..."
Click the drive and folder
(c:/ARNOW_fonts) that contain the fonts you want to add.
To select more than one font
to add, press and hold down the CTRL key, click the fonts you want,
then click on "OK"
Windows 95/98/2000 or NT4
Open the Windows Control Panel
(START > SETTINGS > CONTROL PANEL)
Double click on the "Fonts" icon in the Control
(a new window should open and you should see all the installed fonts on
Click on the "File" menu and select "Install New
(a new window "Add Fonts" should pop up)
Locate the folder on your hard drive containing
the fonts (c:/ARNOW_fonts)
Double Click on the font file (GNUmicr.ttf) you
wish to install and click on the "OK" button
Linux font installation is a
little more complex than for windows, here are a couple of links to
detailed instructions for font installation on Linux: