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How to Add Custom Fonts in macOS

by George Mensah

Although Apple’s computer operating system comes with a large selection of fonts, some users will undoubtedly desire (or need) more. After all, Mac users have a propensity to care about design, which includes caring about fonts. Additionally, some specialist typefaces, including the OpenDyslexic free alternative and the Dyslexia typeface (Opens in a new window), can benefit those with disabilities (Opens in a new window).

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You have already seen how to manage your fonts on an iPhone or iPad as well as in Windows. Here’s how to manage fonts on a Mac and add new ones. A word of warning: Since fonts can be used as malware vectors, we strongly advise against downloading and installing anything from unidentified sources.

How to View and Preview Installed Fonts on macOS

Start by launching the Font Book application. The Finder’s Applications folder is the best place to look for it, but you can also use Spotlight to look for Font Book or LaunchPad to find it in the Other folder.

Three panes make up the application. You can select the collection you want to view on the left. I advise staying with English or All Fonts if that’s your chosen language. A list of fonts is displayed in the center pane, and a preview of the currently chosen font is displayed in the right pane.

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To examine that font in several styles, such as the bold and italicized variations, scroll down any of these previews. Other fonts offer alternatives like ultralight, thin, semibold, broad, and inline, while others simply have a few basic styles.

How to Download Fonts for macOS From Apple

Many typefaces are greyed out as you navigate through the list of all available fonts. Apple provides these typefaces, however they are not by default installed. By selecting the Download option, you can install them.

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There are about 20 fonts for the Roman alphabet that you can install for free with just one click, however the majority of the fonts that are not yet installed are for non-Roman character sets (such Arabic script, Cyrillic, Hebrew, and so on). There probably isn’t an easier way to create variety.

Be aware that occasionally you might need to restart a program for newly installed fonts to appear.

How to Install Fonts on macOS From the Web

You can use fonts without paying royalties on websites like OpenFoundry(Opens in a new window) and UseAndModify(Opens in a new window). Fonts are available for purchase on numerous additional websites. Such fonts can be installed by double-clicking them in the Finder once you download them.

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Opening up a preview window The font will be installed if you click the Install Font button in the bottom right corner.

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You can also drag individual font files or folders of font files to the Font Book window to install them all at once.

Which Font Formats Does macOS Support?

The following font and font collection formats are all supported:

TrueType, .ttf

Variable TrueType, .ttf

TrueType Collection, .ttc

OpenType, .otf

OpenType Collection, .ttc

One of these formats is available for the majority of fonts you download or buy. The font might not function if you try to install a different format on macOS.

How to Disable or Uninstall Fonts on macOS

If you don’t dislike at least one typeface, you’re just not paying attention. You can disable it in Font Book if you never want certain fonts to be available in a drop-down selection.

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To disable a typeface, simply right-click it and select Disable.

By selecting the Remove option, you may also uninstall any typefaces you have installed here. Be aware that system-bundled fonts cannot be deleted.


For more information on Apple, check out our preview of the brand-new macOS Ventura and discover how to voice-control your iPhone.

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