Mac, at least in El Capitan, has quite a few fonts pre-installed. However, if you cannot find one you like as a system font or a font for a project, you can easily add any new font through Font Book. Be sure to follow along below and we’ll show you just how simple it is!
Installing A New Font
The first step is to find a font to add. You can head on over to any of your favorite font websites and download your chosen font, but for this example, we’ll be using www.dafont.com. I’ve downloaded a font called “Meadowbrook,” one of the most recently added fonts to DaFont’s database. Once downloaded, you’ll want to unzip the file. Once unzipped, you should see a file something like this: fontname.tff.
Now, we can finally add a font to the system. You’ll next want to open up the Font Book application.
Next, press the “+” button to add a font. From here, you’ll select the .tff file and press “open.” Font Book will take just a second to add it to the database.
Congratulations! You’ve now uploaded your first font to the Mac system. From here, you have another option. You can either keep the font as an exclusive to a specific user on the Mac or you can use it as a system-wide font. To use it as a system-wide font, you’ll want to head to the “Computer” tab and follow the same steps as above. The only difference is that you’ll have to enter the administrator password (usually the main user password) to approve of the change. If you’ve already added the font as a user-specific font, you’ll get a warning that multiple copies of the font are installed after attempting to install it as a system-wide font. Press the “Resolve Automatically” button, and the system will automatically remove any duplicates.
And that’s how you install a new font on Mac! If you got stuck during the process, be sure to leave a comment below or join us over in the PCMech Forums!