How to Install a Font


Mac Tip #306/12-Sept-2007
Install a Font

Many fonts come with your new Mac, others are installed automatically with software such as Microsoft Office. Then there are others that you can download, such as the very fine Gentium, available free.

The font is now in Font Book.

The font is now in Font Book.

Download the font to your computer — the first in the list, Gentium 1.02, is fine for Mac OS X.

Gentium_102_W.zip should appear in your downloads folder. It may unpack itself to create a folder called Gentium102, if not, double click the file to unzip it.

You can now delete the zip file.

A preview of the font.

A preview of the font.

When you open the folder you’ll see a number of files inside. The files with the extension .TTF are the actual font files. Double click one of these.

The Font Book application opens and displays examples of the font.

To install the font click the Install Font button. The main Font Book window opens, displaying the font in its listings.

The downloaded folder.

The downloaded folder.

After installing the font you can delete the Gentium102 folder from your downloads folder.

Coming soon: Explore Font Book.

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