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Fonts are quite similar to plug-ins. As they are loaded by the Mac operating system, as well as, the apps and software packages operate on it, bad fonts may have some unpleasant consequences.

Why you need more fonts

All users are not satisfied with the adequate set of fonts, which are available for use on the Mac platform. Some users need to include more fonts or may remove some existing ones when there are too many of them available. There is more than one way to manage these decorative text elements.

Almost anyone who knows how to operate and handle a PC or a computer is aware any operating system comes with a series of fonts by default. These fonts are the default ones to be used in the design, word processing, as well as, other functions where the text is crucial. macOS is not an exception to this rule.

Several users are also aware of the fact that when they acquire more fonts and add them to the existing collection, they can have more stylistic choices. So, how to add fonts to Mac?

There are two different ways to add or install new fonts on Mac. The first technique is to double-click the font file of the OS and then open the same in the preview mode. Once it is open, the user has to choose the option Install Font. It is visible on the windows’ lower right corner so that the desired font can be imported.

Another way to maintain your fonts on Mac is by using a tool called Font Book. Font Book can not only add or remove fonts but also allows people to navigate through the collection. It will enable the users to find the font to be used.

Are you interested to know  how to add fonts to Mac? Or, do you want to remove any font, which is not required any longer? It is incredibly simple to manage fonts on the macOS irrespective of the version of the operating system that you are using.

We will now cover the in-depth process of adding new fonts, removing undesirable fonts, and some other functionalities of the Font Book. The idea is to get you familiar with the operating system’s font management process so that you do not mess up with important things.

How to add fonts to Mac Operating System?

It is easy and simple to install new fonts on the Mac Operating System. You simply need to follow the steps mentioned below to get your job done.

Step 1: Track the font file in the file system of Mac

Step 2: You need to click twice on the file called font.ttf

Step 3: Finally, simply click on the option “Install Font”

When the user clicks twice on a font file, the font will get installed. Plus, the user will also see a preview of the font character, which displays the font face. The window also enables a user to preview any one of the stylized versions – italic, bold, etc. of the available font. It will tell the user whether the font has been installed or not.

The Font Book app can do this and can be launched individually so that the typefaces can be managed.

The basics – how to add fonts to Mac using Font Book application

You may follow the process of adding and deleting fonts in macOS by using its Font Book application.

The Font Book is available in the Application folder and provides a view of all the available fonts supported in a system. It offers a total of 3 general columns, which are as follows:

i) Grouping and collections options

ii) Font list

ii) Preview of the font that has been currently chosen

There is a drop-down box and a slider on its right-hand side that may be also typed within. These two options are used for changing the font size in the preview part. It is also used to demonstrate what the font will look like in various sizes.

Its left column displays the list of all user-defined and Smart versions of the fonts. There are options available for browsing through the collection of all installed fonts, which are preinstalled, as well as, the ones added by a user.

The column in the middle shows the fonts, which are available in the currently chosen collection. An arrow appears next to every font showing the font family’s other styles like regular, bold italic, bold, and italic versions.

Meanwhile, to add or install font using the Font Book, the user can simply drag and drop the desired fonts into the application. Alternatively, they can use the relevant options in the File menu.

Irrespective of how the fonts are installed or added onto the Mac, it is always possible to browse different fonts. These are the user added fonts and the default fonts available in the system using the Font Book app. The Font Book application is the Mac Operating System’s font manager. It allows a user to all kinds of font-related functionalities such as removing and adding fonts on the Mac.

How to delete a font from Mac Operating System?

Have you added an unattractive font and you later decide to do away with it and remove it from your macOS? The Font Book app enables the user to remove unwanted fonts from the OS.

Now that you have learned how to add fonts to Mac, it is time to get acquainted with the task of removing fonts from your Mac Operating System. Check out the following steps to remove fonts from your macOS in an easy and hassle-free manner.

Step 1: Launch the Font Book App and track the particular font that you wish to remove.

Step 2: If the font is one of those, which you installed in the past, start keying in the name of that font in the search box. Alternatively, you can use the User collection.

Step 3: Click on the arrow appearing right next to the name of the font family. It will pop up various variants. You need to right-click the font family you want to delete. Then, choose Remove Font and replace “font” with the name of the font you wish to delete.

Step 4: Finally, confirm that you want to remove the font.

Meanwhile, in case you want to remove a font family entirely from your macOS, instead of simply one version, it is also possible. Simply right-click on that font family and then choose Remove Font Family. Again, you need to replace “font” with the name of the font family.

Removing 3rd party fonts and recover default fonts of Mac

It is possible that you have removed a system font or a necessary typeface by mistake. There is also a possibility of having added several 3rd party fonts making your font menus appear clumsy and ugly. You may recover the standard font family while using macOS.

Step 1: Select the “file” menu after starting the Font Book application. Then, choose “Restore Standard Fonts.”

Step 2: Click on “Proceed”. It will remove all nonstandard fonts and 3rd party additions. You will be once again taken back to the base font pack of Mac Operating System X.


In case there is a small group of fonts that tend to use frequently, you may create a collection of your own by grouping them. Go to the collections section and right-click. Choose “New Collection.” You can also do it by clicking on the arrow available at the window’s bottom left.

Either way, you need to key in a relevant name for your collection and then press the enter key. Choose the font(s) you want to add in this collection. Simply drag & drop the font from the displayed font list to the custom collection.

Alternatively, simply right-click on the custom collection to delete it Choose Delete followed by the name of the collection. While the collection will be removed after this, the font remains.

How to enable and disable fonts in Mac OS X?

The Font Book application can help you to disable and re-enable fonts. For instance, you may want to disable those fonts that you hardly use. Once they are disabled, you can stop them from appearing on the lists.

To disable fonts, choose the desired font family or the font in Font Book. Go to the Edit menu or right-click before choosing Disable Font. Choose Disable in a dialog box that asks whether you want to disable the font or not.

For re-enabling fonts, the process is quite similar. You may go to the Edit menu or simply right-click and then choose Enable Font.

Final thought

The good news for macOS users is adding or installing fonts in their Apple devices is relatively easy as we just saw. One does not have to be a technical expert or guru to add, preview, download, or activate new font on your Mac machine. You simply need to follow the steps we have mentioned above and get your job done within a short time.