Easily Look at Fonts

Thursday, April 2, 2009, 06:18 PM – Tips and Hints

Your OS X operating system contains a wonderful little gem called Font Book. Software companies are always trying to sell you applications to manage your fonts, but before you decide to spend money on font applications, you should take the time to become thoroughly familiar with Font Book. You may well decide you already have the best of the best.

Here is one cool thing you can do utilizing the Font Book capabilities. You can quickly see what the different type fonts really look like. Try this.

With an application open, select Command + T. The Font Book will open for you. It looks like this. Notice the little cog wheel in the bottom left corner where my arrow is pointing. Click on that, and select “Show Preview

When you do, you get a pop-up window at the top of the Font Book window that shows you what the selected font looks like and tells you the font size. If you change the font size, the font changes accordingly. You can adjust the size by dragging the tiny dot located just to the left of my arrow in this second image.

To look at a different font, just click on it.

To close the pop-up window, go back to the cog wheel and choose “Hide Preview”.

I have another great tip related to Font Book that will be in my next entry.



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