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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Problems with font rendering on a MacBook Pro using external 24" LCD

I have a 24" HP LP2475w at my home and 23" Apple Cinema Display at work. Today when I turned on my laptop at work, I noticed that all fonts look perfect (after having an issue with rendering for the ...
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How to increase the size of the OS X user interface without lowering the resolution?

I can adjust a few things, such as the Dock, but I don't see a way to say, "I want 1080p resolution, but I'm sitting 5 feet away and want bigger menus, fonts, etc across the entire system." This is ...
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Safari 6: How to change default fonts?

This is probably a duplicate. I can't imagine I'm the first person to notice this. It seems that Safari 6 has removed the appearance tab from the preferences, and with it, the ability to change the ...
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What is Mac OS X Lion's Finder Font?

What is the default font that Mac OS X Lion use in it's apps, more importantly the Finder window?
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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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Google Chrome repeatedly displays monospaced fonts wrong as “Times New Roman”

I observe an extremely annoying font problem in Google Chrome for Mac. When I visit a page like GitHub or Bitbucket (which use monospaced fonts, e.g. for code) I see the HTML sections that are meant ...
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Inconsolata font does not work in Terminal

I'd like to use Inconsolata as the closest free approximation of the Consolas font for editing and programming on my Mac. After downloading Inconsolata's OpenType file I changed TextWrangler's ...
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How can I increase my font sizes without decreasing my resolution?

I have a 24" iMac at home which at the max resolution (1920 x 1200) is very comfortable for me to see my desktop and read text. Now at work I have a 27" iMac with a max resolution of 2560 x 1440 ...
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Can I get the original Mac font Chicago on a Mountain Lion Mac?

I'm running Mountain Lion on a mid 2011 MacBook Air. I'd love to be able to set type in the oldest Macintosh font, Chicago. Is this font included anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion? If not, what is the ...
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How to set a default font for outgoing messages in Mail on Lion

Mail in OS X 10.7 (Lion) doesn't allow me to set a default font for outgoing messages, and it's finicky when I change it in the message. When I show the font bar (by clicking the A button at the top ...
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View all a fonts characters app?

Is there a Mac app for viewing all the characters of a font? Font book doesn't seem have this feature.
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Is there a way to change font sizes system-wide while preserving UI resolution?

I have a 17" widescreen mac book pro (1920 x 1080) and find it hard to read the small fonts in the finder menu and in the Finder let hand panel even though my vision is good. Even the font's in most ...
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How to obtain glyphs from the “Apple Symbols” font in Lion?

I'd like to make use of the special iOS symbols found in Apple Symbols font, e.g. the "Reload" and "Action" glyphs. In Snow Leopard, I could obtain and insert them via the "special characters" pane ...
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What's the font in Mac OS X's GUI?

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 ...
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Is there a way to make the terminal's font less blurry?

I have been using a MacBook Pro for about a year or so, and I can definitely say that I am really satisfied from it. But there is one little thing that annoys me about it: the fonts in many text ...
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How do you use small caps in Pages?

I don't see any obvious options for small caps in Pages, either under styles or text formatting. Do I need a special font, or does Pages have small caps capability at all?
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After Upgrade to Mountain Lion I get blurry fonts

Since the upgrade to Mountain Lion, I get blurry fonts system-wide. It doesn't matter where it is: I've seen them on the log-in screen, Safari, Mail, Xcode, and Skype. Every font is very blurry. It ...
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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 ...
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All pages in Google Chrome are rendered with a very thin, bad looking serif font

In every later release of Google Chrome (including the just released version 11), all pages are rendered with a very thin, jaggy serif font. This is how it looks in Chrome 11: And here is Safari ...
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In Keynote, is there any way to assign shortcut keys to select specific fonts?

I'm writing a series of lectures where I use a different font to indicate code. Is there any way to assign new shortcut keys/key combinations to select the two fonts I want?
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Recommended fixed width font for shell prompts and Eclipse

I've just installed OS X Lion, and found that the default fonts (Menlo and Monaco) are quote uncomfortable for Shell prompts and the Eclipse IDE. Is there a good, general-purpose fixed width font for ...
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Are all pictogram fonts broken in Lion?

Since I updated to Lion (Mac OS X 10.7.2) all pictogram fonts (Zapf Dingbats, Webdings et al.) seem to be broken. The application I have tested are below. TextEdit Zapf Dingbats and Webdings do not ...
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Font smoothing on external display working badly. (rMBP)

I have attached two external monitors to my retina MacBook Pro: 24" Dell 1920x1200 with HDMI->DVI 19" Samsung 1280x1024 with Thunderbolt->VGA While non-retina enabled apps look just fine (e.g. ...
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What is the font the battery percentage uses?

A bit of a stupid question, but what is the font the battery percentage (pictured below) in OS X uses? It is not the standard font you can get by calling [NSFont menuBarFontOfSize:0], I have ...
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Do the “Print to PDF” / “Save to PDF” options embed fonts in the PDF file?

Specifically: When doing this within the MS Office suite (Powerpoint, Word etc.), does the font get embedded within the PDF? Does Preview.app embed fonts when “Saving as PDF”? If I’m generating the ...
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Assign monospaced font family to selected text with keyboard shortcut in mac os x

I write a lot of technical emails, and like to use a monospaced font for the code bits. Highlight text, hit apple-T, choose my font from the list of favorites, then close the font window. Is there a ...
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This PDF displays with question marks instead of letters

Something is wrong with the rendering of this PDF in Preview (or Quick Look). This is how it looks: I can see it in Adobe Reader on Windows. I'm not sure what font it is using, and I have Office ...
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Is it possible to add a symbol to the character palette?

I guess everybody here knows about the character palette of Mac OS X. Is it possible to create a new symbol, using an image or a vectorial shape made in Illustrator, and add it to the character ...
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How do I convert a suitcase font?

I have a font set - Type: Font Suitcase I am sure I have used a terminal command to convert it to a TTF or OTF. I don't really want to pay for software to do so. What is the best way of converting ...
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How to install new font on OS X?

How to install new font on OS X to be used across OpenOffice, iWork, OfficeForMac, mail and other word processing applications?
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How to set a Monospace Font for Dashboard Sticky Notes Widget?

I would like to use a monospaced font on the Sticky Notes in Apple's Dashboard widget. However, only a few fonts can be selected, none of which is monospaced.
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What the font: the letter i used in Apple's information button

I am wondering what typeface this is:
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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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Umlauts and Copy and paste

I have a problem with copy and paste of characters like "ü". When I copy and paste the name "Gereon Müller" from this book http://langsci-press.org/catalog/book/18 (choose the download tab) I get the ...
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How can I combine multiple font files into one family?

I have several font families that have different naming styles. The results is that instead of all those fonts showing up as one family, there's a separate family for each font variation (bold, black, ...
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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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Any Twitter clients for iPhone with larger font size?

Are there any Twitter clients for iPhone that have larger font size than the one used in the official Twitter for iPhone app?
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Cannot change font size in Xcode 4?

Everywhere I look I see that in order to change the Font size in Xcode I simply click on the "fonts window button". However, I can't. I have a default install of Xcode, just started trying to use it ...
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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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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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Font Book finds duplicate fonts installed by Microsoft Office

Once you install Microsoft Office on a Mac, you get a bunch of new fonts. This is great, except many of them conflict with existing fonts that shipped with OS X. Open Font Book. Select all fonts in ...
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Are there any ways to improve the font rendering in X11.app / XQuartz?

I use WingIDE for Python development and it runs under X Windows. The X11 font rendering is driving me crazy. Are there any tricks for getting better fonts in an X Server on MacOS / Lion? Sample image ...
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Is it possible to increase the font size in iTunes?

How does one make the fonts that iTunes uses for things like app descriptions larger? I know about Universal Access -> Zoom, but I'm looking for something a little more app-specific, like web ...
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Is there a way to make all fonts larger on the Macbook Air 13 or 11?

Instead of getting a Macbook Pro 13 or 15, I was thinking of getting the Macbook Air 13 or 11 inch, but checking the machines at Apple store, it turns out the density of pixels of the screen of the ...
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How to change the font smoothing setting from the command line?

I'm trying to avoid installing lots of software willy-nilly, because like so many Mac users I don't have antivirus software. Case in point, I really like TinkerTool but I'd rather change my system ...
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Terminal text size different when connected to external monitor

I have a Macbook Pro 15" running OS X 10.6.8. When not connected to an external monitor, launching Terminal looks like this. Note the width of the text (almost looks bold). When connected to my 24" ...
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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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Is it possible to use custom fonts in Mobile Safari?

I need to install a font in iPad2, and Safari must be able to use it. Is it possible? Solution: I'm developing a iPad2 app using a web wrapper (PhoneGap) and a JS framework (Sencha Touch 2). I need ...
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Open Sans Chrome and Safari Render bug

The "Open Sans" font for some reason just started looking terrible on both Chrome and Safari (on Mavericks 10.9.2), becoming some super thin and light font. Does anyone know what's up? I tried ...
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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 ...