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How to Install a Font on Mac OS

Mike Smith | general | 72833 |

Mac OS X has native support for Type 1 and OpenType fonts, which can be installed just like other font types on OS X. However, fonts installed in OS X system locations are not available to "Classic" applications. Fonts installed in the OS X native environment can be accessed by any user, or just by an individual user.

For installing fonts in classic environment, check : Add or Remove Classic Fonts in Mac OS X

Steps to install fonts

  • Before installing your fonts, quit all active applications.
  • Locate the fonts you want to install. TrueType fonts will have one file while PostScript fonts will have both printer and screen font files.
  • Copy or move all the font files from their individual font folders into either of the following locations.
    • /Library/Fonts/ - You must be logged on as an "Administrator" to place fonts in this location. Any user can use fonts in this location.
    • /Users/Library/Fonts/ - Fonts in this location can be used only by the specified user.
  • The fonts are now installed and will be available to any native of third party installed applications.

More Font Locations

Type Folder Description
"Classic" /System Folder/Fonts/ This folder contains fonts used by the Classic environment. Classic applications can access only these fonts, not those stored elsewhere.
"Local" /Library/Fonts/ Any local user of the computer can use fonts installed in this folder. An Administrator can modify the contents of this folder. This is the recommended location for fonts that are shared among applications.
"Network" /Network/Library/Fonts/ The Network folder is for fonts shared among all users of a local area network. This feature is normally used on network file servers, under the control of a network administrator.
"System" /System/Library/Fonts/ Mac OS X requires fonts in this folder for system use and displays. They should not be altered or removed.
"User" /Users/Library/Fonts/ Fonts in this location can be used only by the specified user are not available to all users of the computer.

For installing fonts in Windows environment, check: Add or Remove Fonts in Windows

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