A font (more accurately a typeface) is the graphic representation of characters and the software that manages or configures writing systems.

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Messed up fonts on Mavericks retina Macbook Pro secondary monitor

Just got my first Mac and am loving it except for the extremely annoying fact that fonts get messed up on my secondary monitor. The strange thing is that when I drag a window over from my laptop ...
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How is font metadata stored?

Right after downloading a font, you can see it has a lot of metadata. For example, if you download the Sansation font and run mdls Sansation_Regular.ttf you will get this output: ...
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Word for Mac: how to increase/decrease font size with (laptop) keyboard?

Again, title says it all. On a normal Mac keyboard, shortcuts for font increase/decrease are: SHIFT CMD < - decrease SHIFT CMD > - increase However, on a laptop keyboard the latter doesn't work. ...
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How do I disable text antialias (font smoothing) in Terminal and globally for all apps?

I'd like to disable every kind of text anti-aliasing and font smoothing globally in OS X. With OS X 10.8 on a mid-2013 MacBook Air 13", I've tried quite a few options: the Turn off text smoothing ...
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How to bring focus to Show Fonts dialog (eg. in TextEdit) on a MacBook Pro keyboard?

I'm a quick typist and I don't want to use the mouse/trackpad unless I absolutely have no way to do something on a keyboard. It slows me down by at least 5 times. Now, for example, TextEdit is on. ...
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Apple Mail prints tiny fonts after Maverick upgrade

After installing Mavericks on my MacBook Pro 13 (non-Retina) and on my Mac Mini, a printed message from Mail appears in tiny font. This is independent of the printer (tried on Hp and on Epson). After ...
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Font smoothing is wrong after Mavericks update on MacBook Pro with high-res display (not retina)

After I updated to Mavericks, the font smoothing is terrible, tried playing with the setting in system preferences (didn't restart yet) and nothing changed. I have a 15 inch early 2011 Macbook Pro ...
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Safari replaces some text with an A

I recently reinstalled my computer because I got a new hard drive. After the reinstallation my Safari started to act weird. It replaces some text with an A in a box, please see images below. I ...
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What are these 𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖧𝖤𝖬𝖠𝖳𝖨𝖢𝖠𝖫 characters, and how can I use them?

Not sure when this feature popped up.. but in the "Special Characters" menu, ^SPACE (aka my favorite place), there are a whole slew of "Mathematical Letters". I can't even find them under the symbols ...
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Why does OSX's system font menu sizes skip from 14 to 18?

This is one of those things that has always seemed odd to me. I'm not sure if it's just typographic advice, or a hold over from when anti-alisiaing wasn't the norm in type but is there a known reason ...
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Is there no way to display an o with a macron (ō) in the Gill Sans supplied with OSX / iOS?

I’d like to use the character ‘ō’ in an app we’re building, and in its accompanying promotional website. We’re using Gill Sans for the interface font, but it seems to lack this character in the ...
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Mail.app sending wrong fonts to other email clients/browsers

When sending emails from Mail.app, I have Georgia set as the default font in both the body copy and my email signature but they are not being sent correctly. I currently have Georgia 12pt set, and ...
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How to trigger specific font when changing language?

I use Pages as my main word-processing application and regularly have to type in both English and Greek. I use either Times New Roman or Hoefler Text in English and GFS Porson for Greek. Is there a ...
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Scaling text in Keynote

I have a complex drawing in Keynote, which I need to resize. I can do this by making the drawing into a group, but unfortunately it contains many text labels, which do not resize when I change the ...
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Artifacts when viewing pdfs in Preview (and Skim)

When I view PDFs with Preview or Skim sometimes scrolling cause the following artifact Here in 0,06 it seems as if one or two rows of pixels are cut. If I cause the fonts to redraw by any means ...
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How to use custom font in iMovie on OSX

I've been trying to use a custom .TTF font on OSX to watermark videos edited in iMovie. But there doesn't seem to be any option at all. Does anyone know how to achieve this?
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External display has blurry fonts on Dell U2312hm- MacBook Pro Retina

I just bought a new Dell external display (U2312hm) for my MacBook Pro Retina. The fonts appear to be very blurry. I've searched and found a solution here, but it didn't fix my problem. I ran the ...
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Outlook 2011 reports incorrect font size

My copy of Outlook 2011 is behaving oddly with respect to font sizes. When I compose an email and set the text to be, for example, 12pt, the text I get when I type within the email composition window ...
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Keynote - need individual letter graphics that can be moved/manipulated to create words on slide

I teach kids who failed to learn to read in school, online. I am making a series of presentations for very simple words like "is," etc. I need to have some large alphabetic letters at the top of the ...
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trying to get Didot font into a Parallels 8 VM

All, Can anyone direct me to a link or provide instructions on how to get the Didot font (True Type I believe) into MS Outlook 2012 running in a VM?
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Is there a simple way to enable/disable groups of fonts?

I mostly works with Photoshop and Coda (programming app). I have installed many fonts and at the time I work with Photoshop I need all my fonts enabled. But then after I don't need all the font but ...
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How to use font installed without rebooting the system?

I have a problem with Mac OS. I copied new font file to /Library/Fonts folder. I want to use that font without rebooting or logged off system. Have an any way? Thanks.
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How do I enable a font?

Every time I enable a font in FontBook.app, it works well. But if I logout or restart Mac, the font is disabled again. I tried many times but it doesn't get better. For example, "Songti SC" and ...
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What font is used for the file extensions in mac icons?

The fonts on one of our macs have become corrupted. I was able to fix most of the problem by copying across a non-corrupt version of Lucida Grande from another Mac. However, the font used to display ...
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Incorrect apostrophe character in MS Word 2011 on Mac

I'm using Word for Mac 2011. When using the default font - Cambria - extra spaces appear when I type an apostrophe followed by another character. See the screenshot at: As you can see in the ...
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Application asks to allow incoming communications but is already allowed in firewall preferences

One of my login items is called FontAgent Activator.app Each time I restart, I am prompted to accept incoming network communications for this app. However the app is already listed as allow incoming ...
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Mac Pro will not shut down after Lion upgrade

I use Font Agent Pro as my font manager of choice. I just upgraded my 2007 Mac Pro from the latest OS X 10.6 to 10.7.5 lion. I was having a problem with Postscript Type 1 fonts not being available to ...
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How to use TeX Gyre fonts installed by TeX Live

I've installed TeXLive on Mountain Lion. The TeX Live Utility says that the tex-gyre package is installed, however these fonts don't appear on my system and I actually get errors when trying to use ...
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Is there a guideline for the max number of active fonts

I manage my fonts through FontExplorer X. Today I noticed that I have 770 fonts activated. All legitimately licensed, by the way. The Adobe CS family installs a bunch, I've purchased and have received ...
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Change OSX system font [duplicate]

OS X Mountain Lion: Is there a way to change the default system font? Things like color (I'd like it slightly more gray) and the type. EDIT: And Font Weight, if possible. Thanks
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How do I export a Keynote Presentation to PDF while embedding the font

It seems like the export to PDF option currently exists on Keynote (version '09) does not embed the font I use. What are my options besides buying Adobe Acrobat Professional?
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How to change fonts picked by Terminal.app to display languages other than English?

This is definitely and advanced topic and possibly needs a hack that I am willing to do. I edit Arabic files quite a lot. Arabic characters displayed by Terminal.app are not playing nice at all. To ...
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Where does OS X store the list of disabled fonts?

I am using Font Book a lot and manage my fonts with it. Now, I want to back up all my settings. I found my collections in ~/Library/Font Collections But where does OS X store which fonts are ...
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Why will Text Edit and other apps prevent me from choosing text colors?

I have had a Genius take a look at my MacBook, no one has offered ANY support that works. Forgive me if I'm learning how to describe the issue, but here is my problem with TextEdit, Apple Mail and ...
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Can I change the font systemwide (10.8.3) [duplicate]

Is it possible to change the systems font? (finder, alerts, menus etc)
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Font Smoothing Woes

I just connected a Dell U2410 external monitor to my rMBP (OS X 10.8.2), via a "Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter". As noted frequently on the web, the display is horrible. I've read a bunch of links ...
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Terminal font is not smooth

I am new to Mac, and I am finding that the fonts are not smooth. Changing the system defaults (defaults write -g AppleFontSmoothing -int 2, "Use LCD font smoothing" checked) do not improve the fonts. ...
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Why does the Century font in Pages '09 not include italics or bold?

I am using Apple Pages '09 to write a document where the font must be in Century. In Microsoft Word, the Century font has an italics, bold, and underline option. However, in Pages '09 the only ...
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Mac Terminal support for multiple fonts

I was trying to get emacs minimap to work on the terminal - http://www.emacswiki.org/emacs/MiniMap However, the font is the same size as the rest of the screen, which makes it pretty useless. It ...
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How to switch off subpixel antialiasing in Safari?

Is there a way to permanently switch off subpixel antialiasing in Safari OSX 10.8?
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Font smoothing randomly turning off

Recently my fonts turned a little too "crispy" in the sense that they looked a somewhat flattened and pixely. Exactly this problem, in fact: Weird Font Smoothing Issue After noticing it, I went ...
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How can I get the PostScript name of a TTF font installed in OS X?

I have a TTF font installed on my Mac that I have added to an X-Code development project. For the life of me, I can not get it to work with my application but I think it's because I'm using the wrong ...
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Blackboard theme for iPad Keynote

I'm creating a presentation with my MacBook Pro and Keynote. I'm using the theme Blackboard which uses the font Chalkboard. When I import the presentation on my iPad Mini via iCloud the default font ...
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Whenever I install a font using Font Book it copies a zero byte file into ~/Library/Fonts/

But it still works if I manually copy fonts there. These empty files have the following permissions: --wxr-xr-x 1 mcb staff 0 7 Okt 2011 Lekton-Regular.ttf. What could be the problem ...
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Sublime Text 2 in OSX: all fonts are bold regardless of theme or font

I have a weird problem on mac (OSX 10.7): any theme or font I choose - all fonts appear in bold. I sync all settings with Dropbox and on Windows 7 and Ubuntu the fonts are normal. Don't know if it's ...
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How can I create a custom colored icon font?

How can I create custom colored icon font as Apple did for emoticons? I'd also need a font making tool that imports .svg images.
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Where can I find information on the licence(s) that govern use of the fonts that come preinstalled on Mac OS X?

I've just read the licence for the Hoefler font (see their EULA). It says explicitly: You may not create Embedded Documents, except as expressly provided in paragraphs 3.2 and 3.3: and ...
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How can I add fonts to GIMP 2.8.2 on OS X?

Starting with GIMP 2.8, the application is no longer visibly dependent on X11, so suddenly all the advice I'm aware of for adding fonts to GIMP don't seem to work. (This worked with GIMP 2.6) Now ...
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XeLaTeX doesn't have complete fonts

I've just moved to OS X form Ubuntu. I'm using OS X 10.8.2 unfortunately I'm not able to say what TeX distribution is installed on the computer since it wasn't me who installed it, I guess it was ...
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How does the OS X font fallback system work?

I'm trying to design a font containing symbols for internal use in our organisation. I've created a font using this tutorial, and I've assigned a symbol to the unicode position 0xF600. This lies ...