How to Install New Fonts on Mac

Joel Mason

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you on how to install new fonts on your Mac. Customizing the fonts on your computer can help you add a personal touch and enhance your creativity. Follow the steps below to install new fonts effortlessly.

Step 1: Find and Download Fonts

Before you can install new fonts on your Mac, you first need to find and download the fonts that you want to use. There are many websites available where you can download free or paid fonts.

Note: Make sure to download fonts from trusted sources to avoid any potential security risks.

Step 2: Extract the Font Files

Once you have downloaded the font files, they are usually compressed in a ZIP or RAR format. Locate the downloaded file and double-click it to extract the font files.

On most Macs:

  • If it’s a ZIP file: The file is automatically unzipped, and you will find the font files ready for installation.
  • If it’s a RAR file: You may need to use third-party software like The Unarchiver or Stuffit Expander to extract the font files.

If the extracted files are in a different format:

You may come across different font file formats such as OTF (OpenType Font), TTF (TrueType Font), or TTC (TrueType Collection). Don’t worry; macOS supports all these formats.

Step 3: Install Fonts on Your Mac

To install new fonts on your Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the extracted font files with extension .otf, .ttf, or .ttc.
  2. Double-click on the font file you want to install.
  3. A preview of the font will open in Font Book.
  4. Click the “Install Font” button to install the font on your Mac.

Note: You can also select multiple font files and install them at once by holding down the Command key while selecting the files.

Step 4: Verify Font Installation

To ensure that the fonts are successfully installed, follow these steps:

  1. Open any application that supports fonts like Pages, TextEdit, or Microsoft Word.
  2. Create a new document and select the installed font from the font list.
  3. Type some text and check if it is displayed in the newly installed font.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed new fonts on your Mac. Now you can use these fonts in various applications to enhance your design and creativity.


If you are unable to see the newly installed fonts in your applications, try restarting your computer. Additionally, make sure that the applications you are using support custom fonts.

Note: Installing too many fonts can slow down your computer’s performance. It is recommended to keep only a limited number of fonts installed at a time. Remove any unused or unnecessary fonts periodically to optimize your system’s performance.

We hope this tutorial has helped you learn how to install new fonts on your Mac. Experiment with different fonts and let your creativity shine!

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