Installing and validating fonts on a Mac

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On macOS, any user-downloaded fonts must be installed to the macOS system application Font Book.




  1. Launch the Font Book application located in your Applications folder.
  2. With Font Book open click the Add + button in the Font Book toolbar.
  3. Locate and select the font, then click Open.
  4. Font Book will both install and validate the font upon import and give a list of any fonts that fail validation.

Additional Notes

To install a font, you can also drag the font file to the Font Book app icon, or you double-click the font file in the Finder. A dialog will appear for you to confirm installation of the font.

When you install a font, it is automatically validated and checked for errors. If you are having issues with fonts not displaying correctly or being unable to open a document because of a corrupt font, you can also validate fonts after installation.

Installing too many fonts can slow some applications down, and cause system-wide stability issues. If you're planning on installing a large number of fonts, using a third-party font management client is recommended.

This fix has resolved multiple issues where Adobe Creative Cloud applications force quit/crash on start up.

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