There is a Chinese font (WenQuanYi Micro Hei) which I'd rather remove since I don't use it and I guess it takes up memory. Where is the file for it?

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To remove the font:

Open a terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+t or find the icon through the dash or menus of your desktop environment).

Then run one of the following commands in a terminal..

sudo apt remove fonts-wqy-microhei


sudo apt purge fonts-wqy-microhei

Purge also removes any configuration files the package may have.

sudo will ask for your password. Note that the password will not echo on the screen.


For removing fonts, they are usually in two different locations in Ubuntu 16.04.

If you have installed it via aptitude (apt/apt-get), it is usually located in: /usr/share/fonts or sometimes in: /usr/local/share/fonts and you can usually remove it by running a command in the terminal. The command is this: sudo apt-get remove package-name or sudo apt remove package-name. If you would also like to remove all traces of any configuration files for the font, you can use purge instead of remove like this: sudo apt-get purge package-name or like this: sudo apt purge package-name

However, if you have manually installed a font like I did, you should find it in: /home/yourusername/.local/share/fonts/ and you can simply just delete the font file there. If you cannot find it there, you could also look in: /home/yourusername/.fonts/ for it and delete it.

Of course, if all else fails, there is a command you can run to display all your installed fonts and their directory. The command is: fc-list and you can pipe grep to it so that you can find your font name. To do this, you would open up terminal and type: fc-list | grep fontname and then it should only output the details of font you are looking for including the directory of the font.

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