Mac OS: Installing Fonts and Sounds

This article offers several methods for adding fonts and sounds to Mac OS.

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The methods described below are applicable to all versions of System 7, Mac OS 8, and Mac OS 9.

There are three ways to install fonts and alert sounds. The first of these is the easiest and is the preferred method. With all three methods, it is best to first quit all applications before making any changes/additions to the system's fonts or alert sounds.

Method One (preferred)
    1. Drag the font or sound onto the closed System Folder icon.
    2. A dialog box appears asking you to confirm the action. Click OK. The files are moved to the correct location(s).

Method Two
  • Drag fonts onto the closed Fonts folder. The Fonts folder is inside the System Folder.
  • Drag sounds onto the closed System file. (See Note 1.)

Method Three (sounds only)
  • Drag the sound into the window of the opened System file. (The System file can be opened as if it were a folder.)

    1. If you don't get a confirming alert message after dragging a sound onto the System file icon, the sound is probably the wrong resource type and was put into the System Folder instead of the System file. Open the System Folder and see if the sound was left sitting inside the System Folder instead of being installed in the System file. If that happens, Method One may work.
Published Date: Feb 20, 2012