Updated on October 16, 2022
How to Install Cricut Design Space for Desktop. Cricut has rolled out a new offline desktop version of Cricut Design Space. Learn how to install it on your PC, as well as how some of the new features work.
Up until today, the Cricut Design Space software has only been available online through your web browser. As of January 29, 2020, the new software will only be available for desktop use on your PC or Mac computer. It will still require an internet connection to download or purchase Cricut images and fonts to your computer, however, you will be able to then use those designs offline with your machine.
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What is Cricut Design Space?
Cricut Design Space™ is a companion app that lets you design and wirelessly cut with Cricut Explore and Cricut Maker machines. Create a project from scratch or browse thousands of images, predesigned Make It Now™ projects, and fonts in the Cricut® Image Library.
How to INstall Cricut Design SPace for Desktop on PC
To get started, click on the download link: https://design-beta2.cricut.com/#/download
Click the green Download button.
Note: I use Google Chrome to share this tutorial. If you are using a different web browser, your screens may look a little different.
Once you can see that the file has been downloaded, either double click the file in the browser or navigate to your Download folder on your computer to select the file.
Depending on your computer and/or firewall settings you may need to select that you trust the application to be downloaded.
Once you have the app installed you will need to sign in with your Cricut username and password. This is the same login you use for the online version.
After you sign in the program will prompt you to select your machine. You can choose either Maker or Explore family from the drop-down menu.
Have a Mac instead of a PC? Find instructions here: Cricut Design Space for Desktop Installation – Mac
What’s New in Cricut Design Space for Desktop?
You can now download Cricut images and fonts from the app to use offline. With an internet connection, you have access to everything through the Cloud. If you want to work with your files offline you need to download the images.
Download image for use offline
Click on Image in the Design panel. Click on the image you want to download. You will see the Download button in the bottom left corner. After your image has been downloaded it will have a checkmark next to the information button on the bottom right of the image box.
Download Cricut Font For Offline Use
Click on Text in the Design panel. From the font drop-down menu, select the font you want to use. On the right side of the font will be a Download button. Again, there will be a checkmark next to any font you have already downloaded to your computer.
The system fonts you have available on your computer can be used online or offline with Cricut Design Space for Desktop.
The best value for purchasing Cricut images and fonts is to subscribe to Cricut Access. Learn more: Cricut Access Plans and Prices
How to Change Saving for Offline Settings
The first time you save a project, it will prompt you to choose whether to save it in the Cloud & Computer or Cloud only. To access these settings later click the three lines in the upper left corner. Choose Settings.
Then, select which default option you would like to use when saving.
Note: The app does not auto-save your projects, so be sure to save often!
How to Save a Project from Cloud for Offline
Last, but not least, if you have been using the online version of Cricut Design Space (or the iPad or Android version) you probably have a lot of projects saved to the Cloud. You can access these in the desktop version any time you have an internet connection. To use them offline, navigate to your projects page by selecting Projects in the Design Panel.
From the drop-down menu at the top, select My Projects. Click the three small dots at the bottom right of any project. Then choose Save for Offline.
Cricut Design Space Online version: https://design.cricut.com/
Save Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/SQaSvN79txs
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