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Installing fonts on a Mac

Finding a font you like can be difficult, especially if you work in marketing or graphic design and need to find the perfect font for your project on a regular basis.

Fortunately, MacOS (or on iOS, if you need help with that) has greatly improved the way you can quickly download, view and enable new fonts for popular Mac design apps.

Here's how to install fonts on a Mac and quickly organize them.

Download the correct fonts

  Bitter ht font

Step 1: Find the font you need. There are many, many sources of fonts online, from informal lists to fonts especially for designers (or you can just choose to design your own font). Most lists are free, although some designer fonts come with a fee.

Step 2: Make sure the font you choose is compatible with macOS. You can see it by looking at the file name. Mac supports TrueType or ".ttf" files and also OpenType or ".otf" files. Fortunately, this covers most downloaded fonts. However, you cannot use PC bitmap or ".fon" fonts that are not compatible. Presumably future open-source formats will work fine.

Step 3: You may want to double check the website reviews to make sure downloads can be trusted – always use a trusted website before choosing to download anything! If everything looks fine, download the desired font file. This will add a new file (possibly compressed) to your Mac download section.

Preview and install the font on MacOS

  Font Book Sierra

Step 1: Navigate to the file you just downloaded in Finder and then open it (first expand zip- files from). This should immediately open Font Book. This is an app included in macOS to make font management easier and has some useful features. When you click on a brand new font, Font Book appears and previews that font.

Step 2: Look at the Font Book example. You can change the font using the dropdown menu at the top of the window to better view the different weights and styles of the font. If it's not what you expected or there is something wrong with the look, then you probably want to download a new version of the font from another site or try a new type of font.

Step 3: At the bottom of the Font Book preview window, you will see the option to install the font . Click the button and the font will be installed on your Mac. In theory, Font Book makes a font available for all apps on MacOS. In practice, however, you may experience issues with things like older Microsoft Word apps, which may not be properly set up to accept new fonts.

Install directly from Font Book

  Font Book Info

There is yet another option for installing fonts on MacOS, an option that is especially useful if you want to install a number of different new fonts at once or if you want to adjust how your fonts are organized. It is useful for designers, web engineers and others who regularly manage many fonts.

Step 1: Click Go in your Mac's menu bar, then click Applications . In the Applications window, select Font Book – the icon is a book with a big F on it.

Step 2: Once the Font Book window opens, you can explore all your current fonts, by viewing them in alphabetical order, one of the options in the Smart Collection section or one of the general categories Font book is included. If you're carefully looking for a font, it might be a good idea to check your current fonts to see what your options are before downloading new files online.

Step 3: When you are ready to import a new font, select the plus sign (+) at the top of the window. It allows you to browse for font files on your Mac that you don't have installed yet, where you can quickly pick and import recent font files. It helps save time when downloading multiple files.

  Organize Font Book

Step 4: If you download many different fonts and want to clean up your font list to save even more time, Font Book can help. The plus sign at the bottom of the window allows you to add new collections, which you can organize by project or preference to sort your most used fonts.

The file and Edit ] tabs at the top of the screen also contain options to remove font families or disable them if you want to clean up your fonts a bit. If a font has problems on your Mac, you can also use Font Book to validate it with the File menu.

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