Thanks for more info, OneMemory! Hopefully I will get this problem fixed soon.
As for fonts, I have never overloaded on fonts but I used to keep them on my desktop. DH tells me that's a no-no because they also slow things down there, plus when he does back up, it doesn't do the desktop. I know nothing.
I do know that if you are working in anything that has your fonts in it (Word, Outlook, Pub, PSE, etc), it all needs to be closed before opening the extra font you want. Once you open that font, you can use it any of those places. Once you close it, it's no longer available.
Also, you can use a font from the internet not stored anywhere on your computer. Just open it, once again, before opening anything else, use it from there. Just note where you found it just in case you need to go back to it.
I think, not sure, that if you remove a font that your programs come with, it can really mess things up ---- sounds reasonable, just not sure what it does. So be careful in taking those off.