We all know what fonts are – characters that appear in a certain stylistic pattern. Some of us, like me, tend to rely on pre-installed fonts like Arial, Helvetica and Times New Roman, and never bother to look for or add more fonts to the system. However to individuals working in the design field like graphic artists and designers, fonts are the lifeblood of their business.
The funny thing about OS X Lion is your fonts can be located in several places. Yes, it does get confusing at times. Here are the places where you can go and look for your fonts:
This is a universal folder that can be accessed by all users. These are the most important fonts being used by Lion and you should never delete any of these.
This is where most of the fonts are located. There are two kinds of fonts here: the standard fonts that have been pre-installed before you even purchased your Mac and the ones that have been installed for all users.
If you install a font just for your access and use, it will go to your personal library.
Some companies require their own fonts. If they do, a network administrator will usually have them installed for all the computers within the same network.
With several locations for your fonts, it might get confusing and you can get overwhelmed by the number fonts that you have installed. The Font Book application allows you to efficiently manage your fonts so that it won’t slow your computer down. Font Book highlights any duplicate or corrupted fonts so that you can delete them. It can set a default installation location if you have administrator privileges. Automatic font monitoring and automatic font activation are also part of the bag of trick of Font Book.
To go to Font Book, open your applications folder and look for the Font Book icon.