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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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    1. Download the font 2. Double-click the file 3. Click install 4. Restart any applications that need to use the new font.
    – gentmatt
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 12:57
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    @gentmatt You don't even need to reopen most applications.
    – Lri
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 13:06
  • @LauriRanta I'm not sure to which applications this applies (Office '08 ?), but I mentioned this just as precaution.
    – gentmatt
    Commented Jul 13, 2012 at 13:18

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A third option would be to open the files (for all typefaces), and click the Install Font button in the window, which copies the font files to ~/Library/Fonts/.

I usually just move the files manually because I keep each font in their own folder.

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You can use the application Font Book which is part of your default OS install in your applications folder.

Open is up, hit the menus, and check out File > Add Fonts then navigate to the files in question.

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Using Finder, drag the font files to folder /Library/Fonts. Or drag the font files to folder /Users/<your user name>/Library/Fonts when you would like to install the fonts for usage in your own account only.

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I usually use RightFont to install my fonts, maybe it can help you.

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To clarify gentmatt's comment, you download the .ttf file, double click to open it, then a new dialog shows up with some examples using it, click "install font" in the lower right hand corner, and you're done.

This installs it "for the current user" into your ~/Library/Fonts folder.

Most applications seem to pick it up and use it "next time they refresh the screen" (instantaneously for some), but without restart anyway.

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