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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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Is there an alternative for fontconfig?

I have been a Linux user for years and now I might switch to Apple. I use fontconfig for font configuration including default font replacement and setting stylistic sets for OpenType fonts. I have ...
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Search for files that are NOT a specific kind on my Mac

I am trying to work out which fonts I have on my machine that are Type 1 Postscript fonts so I can avoid problems when Adobe stops supporting them next year. I have used kind:”type 1 outline font” ...
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Missing Courier font on Terminal macOS Monterey

I recently got a new laptop, opened up Terminal and noticed that the Courier font is missing entirely! Is there a way to get this font installed into Terminal? Thanks!
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Sublime Text Multilingual Unicode Rendering

I've been using Sublime Text for years and noticed that the rendering of Devanagari unicode characters doesn't work. Has anyone figured a way to make this work? I haven't noticed any problem rendering ...
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Keep font on computer

The font Kaiti SC keeps uninstalling itself from my macbook and I need to re-download it every few days. How can I stop it from being removed? I would like to always have this font available.
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Make macOS display a different platform's emojis

I really dislike the appearance of Apple's emojis and would love to not have to see them everywhere. Is there a way to make my computer use a different system's emoji font? Say, Android or Windows? Is ...
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How to make DuckDuckGo.com use a font with spaces in its name in Safari?

DuckDuckGo.com makes it easy to define your own display font. It works well, except for fonts with a space in their name, like "IBM Plex Sans". I tried "quotes", escaped%...
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How to stop font always uninstalling itself

I want the Kaiti SC font to remain on my computer. So far, every time I've opened font book (with some time in-between), it's said "This font must be downloaded to be displayed in this preview ...
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Synching fonts between two macbook pros

Twice I've tried to address this problem with Apple Support, but they really did not offer much help. I followed the script below which I got from here which is where you add a folder of your fonts ...
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Google Street View looking jagged and Google Maps font size appear wrong on Firefox on MacOS Monterey

Just updated to Firefox Developer Edition 97.07b7 64-bit on MacOS Monterey 12.1 on a 2020 MacBook Pro 13-inch with 2 Ghz Processor and 16 GB memory. Everything works well, apart from Google Maps and ...
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What does Command + ("Bigger") actually alter in OS X Terminal?

At first glance issuing Command+ (View -> Bigger) in OS X Terminal simply increases the font size, and increases the window size while keeping the number of rows/columns the same. However, I can't ...
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Setting font colour of outgoing emails in Mac Mail

It is not possible to set a default colour, other than black, for outgoing email messages in Mac Mail (MacOS). Within Mail there are preferences for font and font size, but changing default colour is ...
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Is there a way to modify the glyphs inside of Special Characters & Emoji?

Okay, so like, I'm aware the Character Viewer (⌘ + ⌃ + space) is displaying a system index of the full supported Unicode set of chars. Z My question is, is there a way I can take a glyph I've created ...
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Monospace System Font

Is it possible at all to change my system font (Big Sur) so that file names of the same length are actually the same length regardless of their text content? I think what I want is a monospaced font, ...
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Keynote slide editing, Plus-sign on text box, how to AUTOMATICALLY Resize?, and does it have limits?

I already know that, when editing a text box, if a plus sign (+) appears in the bottom center, then it's warning you that there's more text that you're not seeing, that's fine. And yes, I know how to ...
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How to determine which font is being used to render a specific character in Terminal

Terminal is rendering 0x209A (a subscript "p") in a nice way when I use cat to look a file that contains that character. Terminal has been configured to use Inconsolata as its default font, ...
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Request for list of fonts folder contents on Monterey

I was wondering if anyone could run a list of fonts on Monterey, similar to my question 5 years ago. Curious about changes to system fonts but don't want to install Monterey just yet. Command below: ...
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After updating to Monterey, Firefox fonts are broken

I've just updated my mac to Monterey and after that I found out that font is just different that it used to be before the update - the tab title is quite small and fonts on websites are both different ...
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Apple Pages.app ruining font display, any ideas?

This truly makes no sense to me. As a graphic designer I've dealt with all sorts of RIP problems in the 90s and had issues with bad fonts in ttf, postscript, and opentype, and any number of other ...
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WhatsApp application font

I don't know if I'm asking my Q in the right place. But, I recently installed a bunch of fonts on my Mac (v 11.6) and the font of my WhatsApp application (installed from App Store) changed and it's ...
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How to prefer displaying all chinese in kaiti instead of heiti

By default, system-wide, macOS seems to be using its Heiti SC/Heiti TC font for chinese characters. This includes the popup in pinyin keyboard. How can I switch it to use another font? Songti or Kaiti?...
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What's the name of the boxed question mark glyph MacOS uses when the system font doesn't have a glyph for a character?

Sometimes, MacOS will display a question mark in a square when a glyph can't be found in a font for a character: This isn't the glyph of the Unicode replacement character (�), which has a different ...
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How to fix app displaying of boxed question mark glyph for certain non-displaying Unicode characters?

In various windows in Anki 2.1, text becomes garbled by the display of a few Unicode characters as question marks in squares. For example: User dae on the Anki forums identified the characters as the ...
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Is there a way to have the Apple Mail font always look bigger?

May be its me getting older, but it is really difficult to read the email in Apple Mail. The font size says 12 but it looks teeny-tiny to me. I need to bring it to at least 14-15 to avoid eye strain. ...
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Why do iPads require a third-party font manager App to install fonts? [closed]

Desktop operating systems like macOS, Windows or Ubuntu have some font management built-in to their file manager. If the user has some .ttf font files, they can simply double click or right click the ...
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What sources does atsutil use for font discovery?

I am trying to troubleshoot an issue with a font not being picked up by all software after installing it using MacOS Font Book. Specifically, I am trying to understand why the font shows up in atsutil ...
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macOS default fallback font on Catalina and newer versions

I'm trying to modify macOS's default choice of Chinese font in its terminal application. I noticed this issue has been discussed. But I can't find DefaultFontFallbacks.plist in /System/Library/...
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Is it possible to augment macos finder's menus font size?

as per the object: is it possible to augment macos finder's menus font size? I don't mean files names, folder names... I mean menus font size:
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How to fix Helvetica system fonts in Big Sur

A mac in my office is running Big Sur 11.4 on a 2017 iMac 27". The drive is using Fusion, with a 1TB HDD and an SSD cache. Recently, there has been a prevalent problem of some text showing up as ...
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How can I stop iOS from substituting emoji icons for some Unicode characters? [duplicate]

On iOS I'm getting bizarre (and mostly goofy) icon glyphs substituted for the glyphs that I expect — and see as expected on macOS — for many fonts. For example, if I enter a "Black Right-Pointing ...
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How do I choose "System Font" in the font picker?

I have migrated from an old iMac running Catalina to a new one running Big Sur. I assume, deep in the annals of time, I must have changed my default font in Mail for the Message List to be slightly ...
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Reducing system font size on macOS Big Sur with out adjusting display resolutions

I'm looking for ways to reduce the system font size on Big Sur. I use SwitchResX to lower the default resolution on my 2019 16" MacBook Pro to a slightly lower HiDPI resolution (1790x1120 -> ...
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Bad font resulting in invisible text in email and elsewhere

Recently I started receiving emails with blank messages. If I reply-to those emails, select the text and change the font, the text shows up. Via some experimenting I determined that Times Roman and ...
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Blurry font on Macbook Pro 2017 Catalina with Dell P2419HC

Just bought a new external monitor to use with my Macbook Pro. Video and everything else is sharp but the font/text on everything is blurry which really affects my work when I look at Excel sheets. ...
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Lenovo external monitor failing to deliver good quality, blurry fonts instead

When I connect MacBook Air 11" to the external monitor (Lenovo 24" QHD) via "Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter 1080P", the resolution I get is 1600 x 900 but I expect to get 2560 x ...
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How do I find the font file named 'Heiti TC' on my mac?

I'm pretty sure this command runs successfully on my mac matplotlib.rcParams['font.family'] = ['Heiti TC'] which means the "Heiti TC" font installed correctly. However, I don't find a font ...
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Pages: prevent multiple adjacent hyphens

Usually it is considered bad typography to have more than two (?) lines in a row ending with a hyphen. I just wrote a paragraph in Pages and ended up with four adjacent hyphenated lines. Ugly! How do ...
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Safari pages show up blurry

I've been using chrome for a while on my MacBook pro 2019 (4 thunderbolt USB-c) and have on multiple occasions wanted to start using safari because of the high CPU-usage of chrome. The reason I've ...
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How to delete a copy of a system font

At some point I made copies of all the fonts in the System>Library folder. I would now like to delete those duplicates, which are not in use and are not in a System folder. But macOS (Mojave) won't ...
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Do monitors with BGR subpixel layout still render fonts worse than monitors with RGB subpixel layout on MacOS, without subpixel antialiasing?

I get somewhat conflicting information on this topic. On one hand there are answers like this claiming that BGR layout is no longer an issue without subpixel antialiasing, which has been removed in ...
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Fixed width font with better substitution for Greek/Hebrew/Chinese

Some of my filenames are in Hebrew, Greek, or Chinese. In Terminal, the font substitution for Hebrew in every fixed-width font I tried was unsatisfactory. Either the Hebrew characters were smaller ...
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Font for email in my ipad

How do you change the default font for email on ipad? I can change it each time I send an email but cannot “lock” it in to the regular that I want
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X11 XQuartz 1.20.11 (xorg-server 1.20.11) on Big Sur fonts not recognized

I have xset +fp the_directory with TTF fonts, I have mkfontdir and mkfontscale the same directory, I have fc-cache -fv and verified the directory is listed and cached and font count correct, but ...
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Font book: duplicates are not actually duplicates

I have a problem when installing new fonts on Font book. I'm want to use this font: https://github.com/sunaku/tamzen-font, following the doc I download the zip, extract it and drag & drop all of ...
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Not able to install any new fonts on macos 11

I tried the normal way by downloading the font and installing via font book, and also through homebrew. In both cases, I can't see the font. I ran the console app and listened for events while I tried ...
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How do I change the text size of result displayed via Siri Shortcuts?

If I ask Siri for e.g. the price of bitcoin, it shows a nicely formatted text like down below With Shortcuts, I can display a dialog with arbitrary content, with the "Display Result" action....
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Looking for MS Japanese Font

I am working with a client who is looking for a specific Japanese font for her Mac system. This has been told to me because her co-worker has Catalina and the following fonts installed. The specific ...
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Where are my Fonts?

I'm on Big Sur 11.2.2 My Font Book shows a family of Chinese fonts: Pages is able to use this font: I want to add this font to ImageMagick, but I can't find it anywhere. I was able to find fonts in ...
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How do I change the default font size for reading the body of messages in Mail 14.0

How do I change the default font size for reading the body of messages in Mail 14.0? I know that I can use ctrl ⌃ + +, but I want the reading pane to default the body of the message to a larger font ...
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Why would fonts render differently between different versions of MacOS?

Recently, I purchased a new Mac and moved from 10.13 to 10.15 in the transition. One thing that I have noticed is that my papers, which are PDFs, no longer render correctly. The greek letters are ...
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