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.


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.


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.


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


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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