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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Is there a user font for San Francisco in El Capitan?

I thought the new Apple font was called San Francisco, but I cannot find it in the font list of the Keynote.app for my Mac. Is it called another way or it is not available for Keynote? I am currently ...
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Where can I find default Microsoft fonts Calibri, Cambria?

If I want to test or use default Microsoft fonts on my Mac, and I own a post-2006 copy of Windows or Office, I believe I can legally use Calibri and Cambria although IANAL. This would be especially ...
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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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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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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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finer control of Preview anti-aliasing (font smoothing)?

I have just updated to Yosemite and something must have changed in the way Preview renders fonts. I find that Preview display of text in PDF files is rather sloppy, I am pretty sure it used to be ...
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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 system font, Chicago. Is this font included anywhere in OS X Mountain Lion? If not, what ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Change color of desktop font (Yosemite)

Tinkertool took care of most of the too-small fonts (are any Apple designers over 40?), but the white text on my preferred light desktop is bad. Linux GTX has a rather tricky file to hand-edit to fix ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Computer modern font for OSX

I need it to make posters with Scribus. I got the hint that use the Computer Modern Font. However, I am not sure if the newest OSX has it, where could I get it from?
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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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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 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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Setting font weight in Terminal.app for El Capitan

I've noticed that there's a subtle difference in the way fonts are rendered in the Terminal app in El Capitan (vs Yosemite). It seems like it used to be the case that the AppleFontSmoothing property ...
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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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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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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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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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What the font: the letter i used in Apple's information button

I am wondering what typeface this is:
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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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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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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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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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Apple Font Tools cannot install in Macbook Pro El Capitan

I downloaded OS Font Tools, release 4 beta 1 (osxfonttools.dmg) and try to install in Macbook Pro El Capitan, but installation failed: anyone knows the reason?
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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 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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List of (activated) fonts with shell command in os x

Is here any shell command for getting the list of activated fonts? Mean something like: some_font_util -activated -format 'file: name' for getting a list of activated fonts in a form: ...
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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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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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What's the new font used on Yosemite

Do you have any idea what's the new topygraphy used in Yosemite ? on Mavericks it used to be Lucida Grande/Helvetica but it looks like it has change on Yosemite.
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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 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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Is there a way to change the typeface used in Safari's “Reader” mode?

The typeface used in Safari's "Reader" mode (on both iOS and OS X) seems to be some form of Palatino, which, while certainly not the worst screen face, isn't the best either. This used to be a ...
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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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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 ...