4

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.

3

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.

3

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

Your Answer

By clicking "Post Your Answer", you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.