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I am using Font Book a lot and manage my fonts with it. Now, I want to back up all my settings.

I found my collections in ~/Library/Font Collections

But where does OS X store which fonts are disabled? I want to copy this "list" and move it to my new mac.

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Where the list of disabled fonts is stored depends on the version of OS X you are using.

First of all, the ~/Library/Fonts Disabled/ and /Library/Fonts Disabled have never been used by Apple for the handling of disabled fonts; rather, fonts are simply deactivated in place: there's no need to move them out of the /Fonts/ folder in order to deactivate them. Those folders are most likely created by the Microsoft Office installer for Mac, or some other application installer.

As I mentioned, where the list of deactivated fonts is stored depends on the version of OS X you're using.

OS X 10.3: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.ATS.plist stores a list of file paths to the fonts which have been disabled in Font Book.

OS X 10.4 — 10.6: The enabled or disabled state of a particular font is stored within the font cache files themselves. There is no saved external record (like the preference file used in 10.3) of which fonts were disabled.

In OS X 10.7.x and later, while the enabled or disabled state of a particular font is still stored within the font cache files themselves, an external record of which fonts were disabled is stored in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.FontRegistry.user.plist.

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I don't have Fonts Disabled folders either, but the list of disabled fonts is stored in ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.FontRegistry.user.plist. If you copy it to another computer, run sudo atsutil databases -remove; atsutil server -shutdown to apply the changes.

  • I didn't realize that the '~/Library/Fonts Disabled' and '/Library/Fonts Disabled' folders that I noted in my post are specifically for fonts used by Microsoft Office for Mac 2008/2011. Sorry for the confusion, I've deleted my post. – recklesscoder Apr 14 '13 at 0:47

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