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How to Install, Disable and Remove Fonts on Your Mac

Your Mac comes with a range of pre-installed fonts. However, many more fonts available to download and use. You might want to add fonts on Mac if you’re designing a poster, editing a clip-on iMovie, or just want to make an interesting Instagram caption. You can install custom fonts and later disable and remove them. We will show you how to do all three of these here.

How to Add and Remove Custom Fonts on Mac

The first thing you need to do is to actually get custom fonts. On Mac, you can use .ttf, .otf, and .ttc font files. Sometimes when you download a font or font pack, you’ll get it as a zip file. Unzip to access the font file inside. Here are some handy websites where you can download a number of fonts for free:

Once you’ve downloaded the font you want, follow the rest of the guide to see how to add it, disable it, or remove it later.

How to Install Fonts in macOS

Step #1. Launch the Finder on your Mac and double click on font folder which you downloaded in Finder. Here, I have downloaded Alex-Brush from FontSquirrel.

Open Finder and Double Click on Downloaded Fonts on Mac

Step #2. Now open Font Book on your Mac, and click on File option from top menu and select Add Fonts from the drop-down menu.

Click on Font Book File Menu and Select Add Fonts on Mac

Step #3. From the Downloads, give path to the fonts you want to install.

Click on open to add fonts on macos and give path to the fonts 1

Step #4. The selected fonts will be installed and you can see the fonts in your Font Book.

View Your Installed Fonts in Font Book on Mac

How to Disable Fonts on your Mac

Step #1. Select the font you wish to disable in the Font Book window. You can see your fonts either in All Fonts or User from the left panel of Font Book.

Select the font you wish to disable in the Font Book window

Step #2. Now, you can choose the Edit option from top menu and choose Disable “Font Name” Family.

You can choose the Edit option from top menu and choose Disable Font

The font is not deleted. However, it does not appear on the font menu in apps. Fonts which are marked as “Off” in the Font Box are disabled.

How to Remove Fonts from your Mac

Step #1. Select the font in the Font Book window. and Right Click on Font to Remove Fonts on Mac.

Right Click on Font to Remove Fonts on Mac

Step #2. Click on the Remove Button. The fonts will be removed to the trash by the Font Book.

Click on Remove to Delete Fonts from Mac

There is another method to remove fonts; choose the option File and click on Remove.

Choose the option File and click on Remove font

That’s all folks!

Wrapping up!

If you’ve followed these simple instructions, you’ll be able to add, disable, and remove fonts on your Mac with ease.

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