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What is the font that's used in Mac OS X's graphical user interface (GUI), in the menus, dialog boxes, etc.? Is it different from what was used in the classic Mac OS (i.e. OS 9 or older)? If so, what are the fonts back then? I like the font but never knew what it was. Thanks.

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The font you see in most places on Mac OS X is Lucida Grande. Mac OS 1-7 used Chicago, then Mac OS 8 and 9 used Charcoal

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+1 for completeness. –  Slomojo Sep 13 '11 at 0:04

The font used from Mac OS X is "Lucida Grande"; in Mac OS 9, the font used for menus and window title was "Charcoal," but it could be changed from the preference panel.

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Apple is ditching Lucida Grande with its next iteration of OS X, which will now use Helvetica Neue as the default system font on OS X Yosemite.

OS X Yosemite Menubar enter image description here

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+1 for the update, thanks! –  hpy Oct 30 at 9:25

Sorry but In my computer I would say that it is Apple Symbols. At least that is what the microsoft office says and it looks quite similar...

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Microsoft Office is seeing a typeface that is called Apple Symbols, but all of the symbols themselves have character codes outside the range of what is used to display the name of the font--it's just there for completeness. If you found Lucida Grande it would look identical. –  NReilingh Feb 3 '12 at 5:05
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What do you mean by "what Microsoft Office says?". –  Matteo Oct 7 at 5:46

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