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. Dec 12, 2013 at 15:55
  • PaleoHebrew... the predecessor to the Hebrew language :-D Dec 12, 2013 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. Dec 13, 2013 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 Dec 13, 2013 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 Dec 13, 2013 at 13:40

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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. Dec 12, 2013 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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