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Add or remove fonts on a Mac

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We all love different fonts - so beautiful and custom. Of course, not everyone has the need to add additional fonts to the system, but for those who sometimes work with Photoshop, Word or other similar programs, it may well be necessary to install additional fonts on their MacBook.

It would seem that there is nothing easier, but for some users installing fonts on Mac OS can cause problems. It was for them that we wrote a short instruction on how to add fonts in Mac OS.

Without a doubt, some may just need to have a large variety of fonts on their computer to work. First of all, most are interested in the question of how to add a font to Photoshop and Illustrator on Mac OS, and this is understandable, because Apple's technique is very popular in the field of graphic designers.

Fortunately, there is no need to add a font to each individual program on Mac OS, just add it to the system once, and it will be available from any application that uses fonts, and the installation process will take you literally 10 seconds.

Install fonts

Double-click the font you want in Finder, then click "Install Font" in the font preview window that opens. After while the Mac checks the font and opens the Fonts program, the font is installed and available for use.

In the settings of the Fonts program, you can specify the default installation folder, which determines the availability of the fonts you add for other accounts on this Mac.

Fonts displayed in the Fonts program are shaded, either disabled (“Off”), or available as additional downloads from the Apple website. To download a font, select it and choose Edit> Download.

2. Install the font

Once you have downloaded the font in .tff format, simply open it with a double click. In the lower right part of the window that opens, click the "Install Font" button and wait a couple of seconds until it is installed on your system.

Disabling Fonts

You can disable any font that is not required for a Mac. Highlight the font in the Fonts program, then choose Edit> Disable. The font will remain installed, but will no longer be displayed in the program font menu. In the Fonts program, a “Off” mark is displayed next to the names of the disabled fonts.

Additional Information

MacOS supports TrueType (.ttf), Variable TrueType (.ttf), TrueType Collection (.ttc), OpenType (.otf), and OpenType Collection (.ttc) fonts. MacOS Mojave has added OpenType-SVG font support.

Legacy TrueType fonts and PostScript Type 1 LWFN fonts may work, but are not recommended.

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