Installing Fonts into Mac OS X

Font Book (Mac OS X 10.3)

If you have Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther®) or later you can use FontBook to install fonts:

  1. Before installing any new fonts you should quit all open applications.

  2. Double-click on a font in the Finder. This will open FontBook and you will see a preview of the font.







3. Click Install Font. The font is automatically installed in the Library folder of your home folder.


4. To make the font available to all users of the computer, drag it to the Computer folder in the Collection column of FontBook.


"Classic" environment (Mac OS X)

If you have an older version of Mac OS X, or want to install fonts for use in Classic mode applications, you can simply drag and drop your new fonts into the Macintosh system Fonts folder. You will want to open two folders: the folder with your new fonts and the system fonts folder.

Note: For OpenType-PostScript ® (.OTF) fonts in Classic mode, you will first need to download and install Adobe Type Manager (ATM). The free ATM Light software can be found here.

1. Before installing any new fonts you should quit all open applications.

2. Open the folder with your new OpenType fonts.

3. Go to the Finder, on the desktop open the Macintosh Hard Disk.

4. Open the System Fonts folder (with the 9 icon).

5. Select your new OpenType font files, then drag them to the Fonts Folder. (the fonts must be loose and not in a subfolder)

Mac OS X Notes:

- You can also install fonts into the Library/Fonts folder for use in OS X applications (you must be logged in as an "Administrator" to place fonts in this location).

- If you have a large library of fonts you may want to explore the use of a font management utility to help you organize and manage your fonts.