Some Basic Information About The Fonts On Your Mac

Monday, October 11, 2010, 12:58 AM – Tips and Hints

There are three different places on your Mac where fonts are stored. That is why you may sometimes find the same font listed more than once if you look in your Font Book.

The first place is the System Fonts folder. It found in: hard drive > Systems > Library > Fonts. These fonts are available to every account on your computer. Some of them are essential to the operating system because it uses them for menus, dialogs, and other operational things and if you delete one of these essential fonts you can mess your Mac up so much it won’t even start up. Only the administrator can add or delete fonts from this location. I confess that I did delete some fonts from a foreign language that I can neither speak nor read from this file because I was tired of them showing up all the time, but that was a chance that I chose to take.

The next place is the Library Fonts folder. It is found in: hard drive > Library > Fonts. These fonts are also available to every account on your computer. You must be the administrator to add or delete fonts from this location as well. There are many more fonts in this library than in the System Fonts library.

The third place is the User Fonts folder. This folder is found in: Home folder > Library > Fonts. The fonts in this folder are available to each individual user and the folder will be empty unless individual users add fonts to them. The Mac OS does not put any fonts in this folder.

When you open the Font Book to see what fonts are available to you, you can not tell which folder contains each font.

Yes, it is a bit confusing, but at least you know where to search if you need to find a font if it becomes corrupt and you need to remove it.

 

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