Given a font that is advertised as having multiple styles of numerals (text figures and lining numerals), presumably via OpenType, is there a way to use the alternative numeral styles in Mac OS X in general, or maybe within an app like Pages specifically?

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Typographic features like this can normally only be used in a word processing app. You go to Format > Font > Show Fonts and click on the gear wheel and then select the Typography pane. There should be boxes to check for different styles of numerals, which will be applied to selected text in the app, as long as the app supports it. Try TextEdit first.

  • Perfect. I was able to find Old-Style and Lining figures for my font, and they work in TextEdit. Oddly though, this doesn't work in Pages. Feb 25, 2015 at 4:00
  • @esker Unfortunately this is one of those many areas where Pages has become garbage thanks to Apple's "updating". Feb 25, 2015 at 5:14

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