Questions tagged [font]

A font (more accurately a typeface) is the graphic representation of characters and the software that manages or configures writing systems.

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What do setting CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled from defaults actually do?

I was trying to make fonts on external non-retina display look good and I was playing with setting CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled as many advices on the internet said. But nothing helped me and ...
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'post' table usability - error when installing .ttf font on mac

So, when i try to install a .ttf font on my mac it stops installing and gives me this message 1 serious error was found. Do not use this font file. and in the list there is, 'post' table usability , ...
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Subpixel antialiasing but not just for text, but images as well

My MacBook Air 2012 has a great image quality with my (pretty old) external monitor LG 27EA83. Unfortunately, I get a grainy texture with my new MacBook Pro 16" with every cable I've tried. This is ...
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Preview missing lots of fonts that are shown in font book

Clean almost untouched install of macOS Catalina 10.15.2. I haven't installed any fonts yet. Font book shows me fonts for example PSL Ornanong Pro. This font doesn't show up in Preview. I would ...
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What typeface is used by macOS to render unicode glyphs?

What font is being used in the following screenshot (on a latest macOS/Safari) to render the Unicode glyphs? The screenshot is taken from the page http://www.alanwood.net/demos/wingdings.html Is ...
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Why does the font change after I paste an image in TextEdit?

Here is a simple sequence of actions in TextEdit in macOS 10.13.6 that produces an unexpected side-effect, and I don’t understand why, and would like to know how to prevent it. Create a new document. ...
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How could I replace Mathtype in a mathematic document with Catalina?

I think I'm not the only one with this problem on Mac. I have to buy a new MacBook with Catalina 10.15 (64 bits). Being a math teacher, I need Mathtype to edit equations in my docs. I have a lot of ...
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How to analyze font substitution in Catalina

I used to use a program called FontRevelear to analyze the font substitution behavior. Basically, if you type some Unicode character from font "A", but the character isn't actually in font "A", the ...
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Font of calendar in Preference pane of macOS

What font is used in the calendar of macOS Date & Time preference pane? Like the left box of this image, where it says Nov 2018 and Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa and 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 ....
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Convert resource-fork type 1 font files to some sort of data-fork font files?

I am trying to sort and organize resource-fork font files, and I'm trying to figure out if there is a tool that can do it for me, or some pointers to some documentation that would help me write my own ...
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How to install “fonts available for download” from terminal

In this article, it says: Fonts available for download in Mojave To download and enable any of these fonts: Open Font Book from your Applications folder. Select All Fonts in the ...
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Cannot download fonts on Fontbook In Catalina

I would like to download fonts on Fontbook app that is preinstalled on the system. However, when I choose a font that is grayed-out on the list and click the download button, the download does not ...
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Numbers.app force me to download Chinese fonts but the download always fails

Whenever I open the Numbers app the pop up always shows up, requiring me to download Chinese fonts. The dialog reads "Numbers.app needs to download the font. The size is 50MB.". However, when I ...
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Changing system font in macOS Catalina

I am using macOS Catalina, and I would like to change the system font to something other than San Francisco. I tried TinkerTool, but it doesn’t really work.
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After PDFs combined, copied text using Inter font is gibberish

I have been making multi-page PDFs from Sketch. Each page is exported as a PDF. Then I combine these pages into one PDF using a Quick Action, either the built in Create PDF action, or a homemade one ...
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Opening any of the iWork suite brings up over 80 dialogs in a row

Upon opening Pages, Keynote or Numbers I'm informed that it "needs to download the font X" with a skip or a download button via a dialog (great choice, something that remains in the centre of the ...
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FONTD process freezes MAIL.APP when using Exchange account

it only started happening recently. Every time I open mail app with two mail accounts, iCloud and exchange, if it shows both accounts (all mail) or just exchange, app freezes for about 10 seconds with ...
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Emojis not rendering

My genuine MacOS is not showing emojis. They look just like this: None of the following solutions worked for me: Creating a new user account Restoring Standard Fonts in Font Book Booting in Safe ...
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“This document has missing fonts” error for fonts that are installed (Pages/Numbers)

I've installed a bunch of fonts into ~/Library/Fonts that didn't come with macOS Catalina. When I open a document in Pages that contains these fonts it comes up with the error "This document has ...
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Shortcut symbols are not properly showing up in menu of LyX

This is a screenshot I took while using LyX, which a WYSIWYG Latex editor. As you can see some symbols for shortcut keys are broken and what I see is a bunch of question marks. How can I fix this? ...
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Installing new fonts - system memory, speed, cache…

in the past year I have installed around 1500 different free fonts and uninstalled around 1400, so I’m left let’s say with 100 fonts. My question is whether permanently adding/removing new fonts (...
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Some sites show illegible numbers after Catalina upgrade

After upgrading to Catalina I noticed that some sites were showing this weird text. It looks like the site is showing characters that are not supported by the font, but this is not just one site, it ...
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What is the “default” font for iPad mail program

I was playing around with my new iPad. I was in email. Using yahoo mail but it is a function of email as it is the same for spectrum mail and google mail in the iPad email icon. I changed the font to ...
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Apple San Francisco font usage for websites as a system font

I lately see many websites that uses Apple SF font as a system font and I very doubt that they have license for it. Is there a trick to do, so it can be used in a site legally?
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Just bought an ultrawide monitor, but it looks borderline blury, what am I doing wrong?

So I either bought the wrong thing, or just don't know how to configure it correctly. I bought a Acer XR342CK bmijqphuzx , and have it hooked up to a Macbook Pro w Touchbar 2016 via a Caldigit TS3 ...
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How to increase font size for Urdu Language?

I am using the Urdu language on Mac OS Mojave and it appears very small. I have no issue with the English text. Is there any way to increase it? Just to clarify, I am talking about the Urdu text I ...
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How to make Powerline fonts work with iTerm2

I have a problem with using Powerline fonts in the iTerm2. I followed the tutorial for installation and I have chosen Hack font in the profile settings (Non-ASCII is set just to make sure). My .zshrc ...
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Pages exact same font, looks sharper when using template

I have been using the default fonts in the 'Business Resume' template and I wanted to use them in my handcrafted version due to this bug. The fonts are pretty simple and nothing extraordinary, for ...
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How can I specify a minimum font size for viewing email in Apple Mail?

Similar questions have been asked in the past, albeit not in the last five years, it would seem, and the Mail application has changed enough to make the answers to those older questions entirely ...
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Mac Terminal: Get list of Chinese fonts from a given folder

I have a personal folder with many fonts, and a small percentage are Chinese fonts. How can I list them with a terminal command in order to isolate them into another folder ? I know fc-list but it ...
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Unable to type Tibetan Monlam font in Pages and Microsoft Word 2019

I am not able to type with the Tibetan Monlam boyig Unicode 2 font in Pages on macOS and Microsoft Word 2019. I try to change English keyboard to Tibetan by pressing control - shift in my macbook ...
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iOS: Type occasional straight quotes with smart quotes turned on

The question Type straight quotes (",') when smart quotes is turned on answers this quite well for macOS, but the solution (using a text replacement with the straight quote as the replacement ...
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Reverting CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled in VSCode

I turned on font smoothing in VSCode using the following commands: defaults write com.microsoft.VSCode CGFontRenderingFontSmoothingDisabled 0 defaults write com.microsoft.VSCode.helper ...
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Change font size for PDF Text comments in Preview

I would like to change the font size for PDF Text comments in Preview? I am aware that acrobat allows you to do this. I am looking for a solution in Preview (Version 8.1 (877.7)) This is a ...
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Mac showing special characters in menu items

My Mac Pro is showing special characters "??????" in all my menu items. See image below: I am not sure how to fix this. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Why can't I use Indian rupee symbol (₹) with Arial font?

I wanted to use Indian rupee symbol (₹) with Arial font, in TextEdit on macOS Mojave. However, whenever I select the text which includes that symbol and change the font to Arial in the dropdown, ...
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How to properly install freetype2 devel package?

I wish to install freetype 2 dev package so I can use the fontconvert tool in Adafruit-GFX-Library Here is what I get $make fontconvert fontconvert.c:22:10: fatal error: 'ft2build.h' file not found #...
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How do I create a vertical baseline in Pages?

How do I create a vertical baseline for credits for illustrations and photographs using Pages? Beside a photo used in an article I want to run a credit line "Photography: Black Star Photo Agency, Inc....
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login page font very thin

MacOS Sierra on macbook pro 2015 15'' retina After upgrading to Sierra the font looks blurry and I tweaked AppleFontSmoothing and font looks very thin, then I googled for a solution defaults write -...
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How to insert ALT character with Edit -> Emoji & Symbols

I want to insert the Apple's Alt key symbol into a document. So I fired up the 'Emoji & Symbols' window and use 'alt' as the search term. The symbols are not 100% as I expected but close enough....
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Replace font in incoming mail [mail.app]

I'm trying to write an Applescript (my first) to change the font of incoming emails using a rule in Mail.App. In particular, some tasteless individuals use Comic Sans, and I want to change their ...
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How to fix blurry fonts on external monitor?

My setup: Macbook Pro 2018 15" (Mojave 10.14.4) AOC G2460PF 24" DP to USB-C cable. When I use the same monitor on Windows, I can see crystal clear but on mac fonts/texts seems to be low quality/...
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How do you cope with tons of web fonts when copying and pasting from web pages?

Whenever I copy something from the web and paste it in my Mail or Evernote, or Apple Notes, it always brings the text style from the page and inserts those weird looking fonts in my mail, or notes. ...
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How to make Preview render PDF docs with crisp fonts on MacBook Air (without Retina Display) in Mojave?

Hi have a Macbook Air (previous model, no retina display). Ever since the Mojave update, Preview renders text in PDF files quite blurry compared to Adobe Acrobat. For instance, here is a screenshot ...
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Can I create fonts drawn as outlined in Word 16 for Mac?

I'm trying to make some colouring in pages for my daughter, and want to make a large letter per page for her to colour in. On Windows I could select a letter, choose font and there's an outline ...
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Occasional dialogue Boxes where all characters are question marks [duplicate]

Every so often, I get dialogue boxes that look like this: Selected the text, pasted it into another editor, and lo and behold: “Slack” cannot be open during installation. Click Continue to ...
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MacOS: Rationalising Fonts — Cannot disable fonts

According to Font Book, I have 260 fonts installed on my system. Many of them are for languages which do not affect me. Three such fonts are Al Bayan, Al Nile and Al Tarikh, Arabic fonts which I do ...
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What font does the macOS Character Viewer use?

What font does the macOS Character Viewer use? By this I mean the Character Viewer which you access with control-command-space. (This is useful to get characters which look exactly like the ...
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Increase Mac Mail App Font

Is there any way to increase the size of the font that is used in the navigation pane in Mac Mail? For example, where it lists Inbox, Sent, Junk, etc? I am not referring to the message list or the ...
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How to change font size and font for all profiles in terminal?

So I have many profiles in my terminal preference, as shown below I would like to be able to change the font for all of these different profiles at once 3024 Day, 3024 Night, AdventureTime... ...

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