I just installed a new font, and I'd like to be able to type in it, system-wide, and not just within the confines of some application (e.g. MS Word.) I already type in other languages using the Language & Text preference pane. Is there any way to use the TTF as a keyboard?


  • Exactly what font and language are you talking about? OS X is Unicode based, and you change keyboards rather than fonts to type different scripts. – Tom Gewecke Dec 12 '13 at 15:55
  • PaleoHebrew... the predecessor to the Hebrew language :-D – Walrus the Cat Dec 12 '13 at 17:54
  • In that case you do not want a new font but a new keyboard layout (and if the language is "exotic" then probably a new input method). One way to make your own (but it will take some time to do so) is to use Ukelele program to create your own layout. – Jozef Legény Dec 13 '13 at 8:32
  • Are you using some non-standard font which maps characters to Latin, or a standard Unicode font which uses the Phoenician range U+10900? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleo-Hebrew_alphabet – Tom Gewecke Dec 13 '13 at 12:55
  • PS I made a keyboard layout for Phoenician range a few years ago you are welcome to try. dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/46870715/k/Phoenician.keylayout – Tom Gewecke Dec 13 '13 at 13:40

In order to be able to type in another language you will need not only a font but also a keyboard layout.

For some languages you might want to create your own, and for that you can use the Ukelele software.


You can not simply "type in another font" system-wide, since it is each application's responsibility to include support for fonts on its own. Installing a new font merely gives you the possibility to use it in applications, for example a plain-text application will never be able to handle fonts at all.

If what you want is to change the system font itself, then the answer is here: Can I change the font systemwide (10.8.3)

  • informative, thanks, but I think what I want is something like the installation of a new input source. – Walrus the Cat Dec 12 '13 at 17:54

A source for Unicode Paleo Hebrew and related fonts is at


Input for most can be via Character Viewer or the OS X Hebrew keyboard layout or a Phoenician layout available at


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