How to Install Fonts on a Mac

When you absolutely have to have that perfect font for your Mac project!
Michael Michael (174)
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We've all scrolled through the list of fonts on our Mac only to discover that not one of them is just right for what we want.

The good news is that there are thousands of other fonts available that you simply don't have installed on your Mac. And most of these fonts are made available for free by the talented designers who make them!

Let's walk you though how to find and install new fonts on your Mac.

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There are a variety of websites that offer fonts with a free license. Here are just a few:

While there are many other sites with free fonts, I'd be careful with any site that does not feel legit or asks for your information.

If you found a font on a website or in a book that you want to use, we have a guide on finding out what the font is called.

For the purposes of this guide, we'll be using Google Fonts.

Google Font Page with Filter

Most sites will list the most popular fonts at the top of the page, so if you're looking for a specific font style, you might need to browse a bit.

Google Fonts has some functional filters that can help you find the kind of font you want. You might want to consider, for example, whether you want a serif font or a sans serif font.

Google Fonts Download Fascinate Font

Many sites will ask you to download and open a .zip file. These .zip files should contain the .ttf file containing the font, as well as a license.

File Folder Containing Fasincate Font

If you have trouble finding the location of this folder, you should check your "Downloads" folder.

Make sure you see a .tff file.

This should open up a new window for installing the font.

Font Install Screen Mac

The font installation takes only a few seconds.

If you're looking to install multiple fonts at once, we made a guide for that. So no need to repeat these steps over and over!

Fascinate Font Added to Mac

Make sure the font gets added to your list of fonts. By default, the font gets added to your user profile on a Mac. This has to do with licensing issues.

If you need the font made available for another user on the Mac, then you can simply repeat the above steps signed into your Mac as the other user.

You should be able to use the font in any word processing programs you have installed, such as Microsoft Word. I used my new font in Word to make the feature image for this guide!

Note: This will also automatically install the font to programs like Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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