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OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue

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Fonts—and Font Book

OS X type is all smooth, all the time. Fonts in OS X’s formats—called TrueType, PostScript Type 1, and OpenType—always look smooth onscreen and in printouts, no matter what the point size.

OS X also comes with a program that’s just for installing, removing, inspecting, and organizing fonts. It’s called Font Book (Figure 15-7), and it’s in your Applications folder.

Each account holder can have a separate set of fonts; your set is represented by the User icon. You can drag fonts and font families among the various Fonts folders represented here—from your User account folder to the Computer icon, for example, making them available to all account holders.

Figure 15-7. Each account holder can have a separate set of fonts; your set is represented by the User icon. You can drag fonts and font families among the various Fonts folders represented here—from your User account folder to the Computer icon, for example, making them available to all account holders.

Where Fonts Live

Brace yourself. In OS X, there are three Fonts folders. The fonts you actually see listed in the Font menus and Font panels of your programs are combinations of these Fonts folders’ contents.

Here’s a rundown:

  • Your private fonts (your Home folderLibraryFonts). This Fonts folder sits right inside your own Home folder. You’re free to add your own custom fonts to this folder. Go wild—it’s your font collection and yours alone. Nobody else who uses the Mac can use these fonts; they’ll never even know you have them.

    Note

    Your Home→Library folder is ordinarily hidden. The quickest way to see it is to press Option as you choose Go→Library in the Finder.

  • Main font collection (LibraryFonts). Any fonts ...

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