How to Install a New Cartridge in Cricut DesignStudio

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The Cricut DesignStudio software allows you to design and arrange your creations on a virtual cutting mat. Additional features available to the user include the ability to add images from different Cricut cartridges to the same cutting mat, as well as the ability to save each unique layout for further use. As Provo Craft, the manufacturer of both the Cricut and Cricut cartridges comes out with new cartridges you will need to update your software to be able to use the new cartridge. The new cartridges are included in the Font Pack updates.

Things You'll Need

  • Cricut
  • USB printer cable
  • Computer with DesignStudio software installed
  • Go to Cricut's home page and select "Login" from the top of the page. Enter the email and password you used when you downloaded and installed your DesignStudio software. Select "sign in."

  • Navigate to the DesignStudio menu in the left column of the page. Select "Download Updates."

  • Select the "Font Pack" update that has your new cartridge listed by clicking the "Download" button under the "Font Pack" heading. If your cartridge is not listed, update the DesignStudio software. Select the "Download" button under the "DesignStudio Program Updates" heading. If you select the full update, uninstall the old version of DesignStudio by using the "Uninstall Program" icon from the control panel on your computer.

  • Click the "Save" button when the download box opens. Save the file to the folder of your choice on your computer. Remove the check from the "Close this dialog box when download completes."

  • Wait for the download to complete. Click "Run" from the dialog box when the download completes.

  • Select "Yes" or "Run" if your computer prompts you to allow a download from an unknown publisher.

  • Choose "Install Fonts (As Administrator)" from the font dialog box. When the download is complete select "OK."

  • Restart your computer.

  • Plug the fat end of the USB printer cable into the back of your Cricut machine, the port is located next to the power cord port.

  • Plug the USB end of the cable into a USB port on the computer.

  • Turn your Cricut machine on by pressing the power button open DesignStudio to see your new cartridges.

Tips & Warnings

  • The Design studio only allows you to select and cut images from cartridges you own. If you need to install the main updates. Follow the same basic steps, following the installer prompt.

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