How to Install Fonts on Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to our tutorial on how to install fonts on Mac. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of adding new fonts to your Mac system. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Find and Download Fonts

In order to install fonts on your Mac, you first need to find and download the fonts you want to use. There are several websites that offer free and paid fonts. Some popular options include Google Fonts, DaFont, and Font Squirrel.

Here’s how you can find and download fonts:

  1. Go to a font website: Open your web browser and visit a font website of your choice.
  2. Browse or search for fonts: Explore the website’s selection of fonts or use the search function to find specific ones.
  3. Select a font: Once you find a font you like, click on it to view more details.
  4. Download the font: Look for a download button or link provided by the website, and click on it to start the download process.

Step 2: Install Fonts on Mac

After downloading the desired fonts onto your Mac, follow these steps to install them:

  1. Locate the downloaded font files: By default, downloaded files are usually saved in the “Downloads” folder. If you saved them in a different location, navigate there.
  2. Extract the font files (if necessary): If the downloaded files are compressed in a zip or rar format, double-click on them to extract the actual font files.
  3. Open the Font Book: Font Book is a built-in application on your Mac that allows you to manage your fonts.

    You can find it by searching in Spotlight or by going to the Applications folder.

  4. Add the fonts to Font Book: In Font Book, go to “File” in the menu bar and select “Add Fonts” (or use the shortcut Command + O). Locate and select the font files you want to install, then click on “Open”.
  5. Installation confirmation: A dialog box will appear, showing a preview of the font. Click on “Install Font” to proceed with the installation.
  6. Repeat for other fonts: If you have more fonts to install, repeat steps 3-5 for each font file.

Step 3: Verify Installed Fonts

Once you’ve installed the fonts, it’s essential to verify that they are correctly installed and available for use in various applications. Here’s how:

  1. Open an application that supports text editing, such as Pages or TextEdit.
  2. Select the installed font: In your chosen application, look for a font selection dropdown menu or toolbar. Find and select one of your newly installed fonts from the list.
  3. Type some text: Create a new document or open an existing one and type some text using the selected font.
  4. Confirm appearance: If your text appears in the chosen font without any issues, congratulations! The font is successfully installed and ready for use.


You have successfully learned how to install fonts on your Mac. Now you can explore a wide variety of fonts and enhance your creative projects with unique typography. Enjoy experimenting with different fonts and let your creativity shine!

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