Font Book

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This article is about the Mac OS X font manager. For the compendium of typefaces, see FontBook.
Font Book
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Font Book 3.0 under Mac OS X v10.7.
Developer(s) Apple Computer
Stable release 5.0 (250) / October 22, 2013; 9 months ago (2013-10-22)
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Font Manager
License Proprietary

Apple's Font Book is a font manager that comes with Mac OS X since version 10.3 (Panther).

The program enables users to:

  • Preview and install font files, avoiding multiple instances of the same font.
  • Review installed fonts using various sample texts and sizes.
  • Group fonts into collections, which can then be used in all Cocoa programs.
  • Activate/deactivate individual fonts or collections.
  • Check the data integrity of font files.
  • Export font collections for use on another computer

New Fonts[edit]

A feature of Font Book is that users can download new fonts and install them. There are many sites in which this can be done. Once the new font is downloaded it can be loaded and used by Font Book.


Apple's Font Book faced some criticism regarding an inability to validate and auto-activate fonts.[1] These features were added to Font Book with the release of Mac OS X Leopard.[2]


  1. ^ Review - Apple's Font Book
  2. ^ Leopard's 300+ new features - Fonts

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