July 24, 2012

How to Install Fonts on Mac

If you are a proud Mac owner, you already believe in stylish things that add to your style statement, profession etc. Just like that you may also want to mark a stylish impression in your documents or emails etc. You can certainly make your emails, graphic presentations or documents appealing and attractive using different font types, sizes.

Before you begin, let’s understand what font types does your Mac support. It is a good to know information and can simplify your work. Mac OS X 10 or later versions support TrueType, PostScript Type1, and OpenType fonts. Take a look at below steps and install the desired fonts on your Mac:
1. Close any open program or active application running in the background. Look for the desired fonts in your Mac. There are more than 4 font folders in a Mac OS X computer. These might be located in Library, Network, Local, or System etc. Though you can individually explore all the folders but if you want to save time, then use Finder on the desktop.
2. Click to choose the desired font suitcase, unpack it, select the fonts, and drag and drop them into the Fonts folder inside the Library folder. If you are choosing PostScript Type1 fonts, then choose the printer outline files too. Exit all the windows and start using your application with new fonts. You can also preview a font before installing it. The auto-preview will appear in the right hand side of the font.
3. Earlier Mac OS X versions viz. 9x or 8x support both TrueType and PostScript Type1 fonts. The installation procedure will remain same for these versions. Once you have chosen the fonts, drag and drop them to System Folder. When prompted, hit the OK button. Close all the windows and start working on your application with new fonts. 

4. If you want to use third-party fonts, download these from their website. When downloaded, extract the zip file’s contents to a folder using any extraction utility like Stuffit Expander. If your browser is Safari, then there is no need of using such extraction utility. Safari automatically extracts contents of a zip file and saves it to another file in the Downloads folder. Simply open the file and drag and drop the desired fonts into the Fonts folder. Similarly, exit all the windows and start using new fonts in your application.
5. If you face any difficulty while using fonts as these sometimes don’t appear in the Fonts folder, then reboot your Mac computer. You must also check that no font duplication has been done. Font duplication can create problems when you try to use a font. You can even remove as well as install new fonts as per your choice and need.
***Fonts are designed to add beauty to your graphic or publishing design. These help your project look more appealing and creative.

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