Font Book for Mac: Install and view fonts

Install and view fonts

To use fonts in your apps, you need to install the fonts using Font Book. You can also use Font Book to preview the way a font looks.

The Font Book window, with buttons in the top left for choosing the type of font preview, the Add button in the toolbar for adding a font, and a vertical slider at the far right for changing the preview size

Install fonts

You can install fonts from a location on your Mac (or a network you’re connected to), or download available fonts right in the Font Book window. Fonts that you can download are dimmed in the font list.

  • Install fonts from your Mac or network: Click the Add button in the Font Book toolbar, locate and select the font, then click Open.

  • Download fonts: Click All Fonts in the sidebar on the left, then select a dimmed font family or one or more styles. Click Download in the preview pane, then click Download in the dialog that appears.

    If the preview pane isn’t shown, choose View > Show Preview. If you don’t see a Download button, switch to another preview type (the Download button isn’t available in the Information preview.) For more about the preview pane, see the next task.

You can also double-click a font file in the Finder, then click Install Font in the dialog that appears.

All fonts you install or download appear in Font Book, and are available to use in your apps.

Preview fonts

You can install fonts from a location on your Mac (or a network you’re connected to), or download available fonts right in the Font Book window. Fonts that you can download are dimmed in the font list.

  1. Select a font family or one or more styles.

  2. Change the preview as needed by clicking one of these buttons (from left to right) in the toolbar.

    • Sample The Sample button: Displays a sample of the characters, using the alphabet or script for the primary language set in Language & Region preferences. If a font supports multiple languages, you can change the language used to display the sample by choosing View > Language.

    • Repertoire The Repertoire button: Displays a grid showing available characters and symbols, or glyphs. Drag the slider to the right of the preview to adjust their size.

      To show the Unicode name and code point for a character or symbol, hold the pointer over it.

    • Custom The Custom button: Displays blocks of text showing each style. Click a block of text, then enter your text to see it in that style.

    • Information The Information button: Displays information about the font, such as its manufacturer and location on your Mac.

Fonts that you installed by clicking the Add button in the toolbar or by double-clicking a font file in the Finder are located in the Fonts folder in your home Library (~/Library/Fonts/) or the system Library (/Library/Fonts), depending on the default installation location. For information about setting the default location, see Font Book preferences.

Published Date: Sep 22, 2016
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