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With Lion comes a collection of fonts or typefaces for both viewing and printing. Apple has offered an application called Font Book for organizing these fonts in the last few iterations of the Mac OS. And Lion is no different. Here's how Font Book shakes out. Before you get to that, fonts are stored in a variety of locations on your Mac. You'll find them in the System folder, inside Library folder, inside of the Fonts folder.
You'll also find them within the Library folder at the root level of the hard drive in the Fonts folder. If you go to your Users folder and to its Library folder, in its Library folder you will find a Fonts folder there as well. Now let's look at how to manage these things. So we'll go to Font Book and here we are. So you can view your fonts as All Fonts. Here they are.
Those on your Computer, those in your User folder, and then they're also collections, so there's English, Fixed Width, Fun, Modern, PDF. And these collections are all installed by default when you install Lion. Now the first three buttons along the top allow you to preview your fonts. So you have three views. There's sample, there's repertoire, and then there's custom. While you're here, you can enlarge fonts, boom! And you can also make them smaller.
So this gives you an idea of how they're going to look in a document. You can disable fonts if you like. A way to do that is to select a font, choose Edit, and then choose the font that you'd like to disable. It will ask you if you really want to do that. Yes please, I do want to do that. When you do that, a little Off entry appears next to the font. If later you wish to enable that font, select it, and then select Enable. It doesn't say on again. It just simply doesn't have Off next to it.
Now it's possible to install duplicate fonts and doing so isn't always a good idea because it can lead to conflicts. Now to find out if you have a conflict because of duplicates, choose Edit > Look for Duplicates. It will tell you if it's found duplicates. In this case, we have 13 duplicate fonts. You can resolve this automatically. And when you do that, Font Book will take those duplicate fonts and it will disable them for you. You can also Resolve Manually. Click that and then you can choose to go through each font and decide what you want to do with it.
You note that this font has a little yellow triangle next to it. And what that indicates is that there's some kind of problem and fortunately, when you select a font that has a yellow triangle next to it, it tells you what that problem is. It says Multiple fonts are installed on this computer. So again, you can go through and look for duplicates, resolve that automatically, and it will get rid of your duplicates for you. Another way you can check for problem fonts is you can go to the File menu and choose Validate Font. A report comes up and it will indicate if there's some kind of problem.
Now I have only done this with one font, but let's say we select all the fonts. So I select a font, Command+A to select them all, Validate Fonts, and it will run through the fonts and let me know if there are any problems with it. You see a progress here. So far we have a lot of good fonts, but at this point we seem to have 28 minor problems. So it's gone through our fonts and it shows us that 504 fonts have passed. There are minor problems with 53 of those fonts.
So click on the problem report and you'll see a list of all the fonts that appear to have a problem and it will tell you what the problem is. In this case, duplicate fonts. At that point, you can search for duplicates and you can get rid of your duplicates and we might as well do that now. Let's Resolve Automatically and the triangles disappear, indicating that Font Book has taken care of those duplicates. One other thing, you can also create your own font collection. Again, Lion has created some for us, but you can create your own.
So just click on the plus button. We'll call it Chris' Fonts. I'll go to All Fonts and then I'll find those fonts that I want to add to my collection. Add that, Baghdad, and Bangla MN. Now I select that collection and here are my fonts. This is also reflected in the operating system. So let's go to TextEdit, select that text.
I could then go to Format > Font > Show Fonts, but quite honestly, here's a shortcut you should learn right away, and that's Command+T. That opens the font browser. Now here's my collection, Chris' Fonts. Arial, Baghdad, American Typewriter. So this is a very simple way to quickly get to fonts that you like a lot. Let's quit TextEdit and back to Font Book.
And so that's Font Book, a way to troubleshoot font problems as well as create custom font collections.
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