Dealing With Corrupted Fonts

Friday, April 3, 2009, 11:40 PM – Tips and Hints

Fonts can become corrupted. When a font doesn’t behave in a rational manner and there doesn’t seem to be any logical reason, consider the fact that the reason could be as simple as a corrupted font. Don’t automatically assume that you have made a mistake. I already did that. I wasted hours for you so you don’t have to. LOL

It is so very easy to check and see if the font is bad before you go looking for more serious problems. You might as well take the easy route first.

First open the Font Book. Either select Applications > Font Book or, if you have an application open, select Command + T and click on the cog wheel in the bottom left corner and select Manage Fonts. See the previous two blog entries on Font Book.

When the window opens, you will see three columns. The middle one is named Font. Click on one of the fonts in the list and then select them all by choosing Command + A.

The whole list will be highlighted. Go to the File Menu and Choose “Validate Fonts”. You will get this window.

All of your fonts will be examined and any problems will be noted. (You can, of course, choose to evaluate just one font if you are concerned about a specific font and don’t have time to evaluate them all. In that case, just click on that font and skip the “select all” step.)

When the validation is complete each font set is graded. Anything marked with red should be deleted. To delete, put an X in the box to the left of the font name and click on the “Remove Checked” button. Those with yellow caution buttons can be left in your font set. Although “minor problems” are noted, you should be able to continue using your fonts without any concerns.


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