OS X Mountain Lion: Format text using the Fonts window

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Format text using the Fonts window

In many apps, you can select fonts, font colors, and typography effects using the Fonts window.

To install and manage fonts on your computer, use the Font Book app. You can open Font Book from the Fonts window by choosing Manage Fonts from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear).

Change the font, color, or style of text

  1. Open the document you want to work with.
  2. Open the Fonts window.

    In most apps, you can open the Fonts window by choosing Format > Font > Show Fonts or Format > Show Fonts. In some apps, you can also open the Fonts window by clicking a button in the app’s toolbar or a settings pane.

  3. To view menus and sliders for setting text underlining, color, and more, choose Show Effects from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) in the lower-left corner of the Fonts window. To preview fonts and effects as you select them, choose Action menu > Show Preview. (If Effects and Preview are already visible in the Fonts window, skip this step.)
  4. Select the text you want to format.
  5. Do any of the following:
    • To change the font, select a collection, a font in the Family column, and a style in the Typeface column. If you can’t find a font, make sure All Fonts is selected in the Collection column, or type the name of the font in the search field at the bottom of the Fonts window.

    • To change the font size, drag the Size slider or select a size in the list.

    • To change the color of the text, click the Text Color button at the top of the Fonts window, and then select a color in the Colors window.

  6. To underline or strike through text, click the Text Underline or Text Strikethrough button at the top of the Fonts window, and choose an option from the pop-up menu. To change the line color, click the button again, choose Color, and then select a color in the Colors window.

Add symbols and special characters to text

You can insert symbols, accents, and other special characters into your text using the Character Viewer.

  1. Open the document you want to work with.
  2. Open the Fonts window.

    In most applications, you can open the Fonts window by choosing Format > Font > Show Fonts or Format > Show Fonts.

  3. Choose Characters from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) in the lower-left corner of the Fonts window.
  4. In the Character Viewer’s sidebar, select the type of special characters you want to view. The Currency Symbols and Punctuation groups include international symbols.
  5. Drag the symbol you want to use into your document.

For more information about the Character Viewer, refer to this topic:

Enter special characters and symbols

Use advanced typographic features

Some fonts, such as Zapfino and Hoefler, have advanced typography features that let you create different effects. For example, a font may let you adjust the tracking to place characters closer together or farther apart, or add ligatures—stylish flourishes that combine two or more text characters into one glyph.

  1. Open a document and select the text you want to work with.
  2. Open the Fonts window.

    In most applications, you can open the Fonts window by choosing Format > Font > Show Fonts or Format > Show Fonts.

  3. Choose Typography from the Action pop-up menu (looks like a gear) in the lower-left corner of the Fonts window.
  4. In the Typography window, select or deselect the options available for your font. Some fonts don’t include advanced typography.
Published Date: Sep 4, 2015
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