Managing your Font Book fonts
On launch Typeface automatically imports fonts that are available in Font Book, the standard macOS font application. This includes macOS system fonts as well as fonts you’ve imported into Font Book yourself. So if you’ve previously used Font Book to manage and import your fonts you’ll see all your fonts in Typeface right away.
Fonts you install using Font Book are copied to the macOS user font folder: /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts. This is a special folder that is monitored by macOS. Manually copying font files to that folder or installing using Font Book is technically the same. Any font file placed in that folder is automatically activated and available in all your applications.
While you can leave your font files in this user font folder, you may want to consider moving them to a different location. Since fonts located in /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts are activated by default you have to deactivate them manually using Typeface if you don’t want to use them right away (and to clean up the long font picker lists in your design apps). Font files located anywhere else on your Mac stay deactivated until you choose to activate them whenever you want.
Furthermore, the /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts folder is hidden in Finder and kind of hard to find. Since Typeface allows you to import fonts from any location you may like to move your fonts to a more accessible folder, where you can view and organise your font files however you like.
To create your own font location and move your user fonts from Font Book follow these steps:
- Open Finder
- Create your own custom font folder if you haven’t already done so, for example: /Users/<username>/Fonts
- Choose CommandShiftG > , or press
- Enter the following path (copy and paste) and press ~/Library/Fonts :
- Move the font files inside the Library folder to your custom font folder created in step 2
- Drag and drop your /Users/<username>/Fonts folder to Typeface to import the location
Besides the user fonts folder there are two other special font folders on your Mac. The /Library/Fonts folder, which contains fonts installed by applications, and the system fonts folder /System/Library/Fonts. These fonts are available to all users on your Mac.
Both folders work the same as the user fonts folder: any font file located in one of this special folders is activated by macOS. The system font folder contains required macOS fonts that are protected and cannot be deactivated. Fonts located in the computer and user fonts folder can be deactivated using Typeface if you want.
Here’s an overview of the macOS font folders:
- /Users/<username>/Library/Fonts - default location for fonts installed using Font Book. Can be deactivated using Typeface, but it’s probably better to move these to your own custom font folder.
- /Library/Fonts - fonts available to all users on your Mac, typically contains fonts provided by third party applications. Can be deactivated using Typeface.
- /System/Library/Fonts - contains macOS system fonts. These fonts are protected and cannot be deactivated.
- /System/Library/Fonts/Supplemental - optional macOS system fonts. Can be deactivated using Typeface (on macOS Big Sur & Monterey).
Hiding system fonts from Typeface
Don’t want to see all system fonts and other Font Book fonts in Typeface? You can remove the Font Book location from the sidebar to hide them.
Right click (or Control-click) on the Font Book item in the sidebar and choose . Or toggle > > from the main menu.
Note that the fonts will still be available in other apps, they’re just not imported into Typeface.
Importing Font Book collections
Typeface automatically imports all your Font Book collections at first launch to get you started. If you’ve changed your Font Book collections afterwards and want to reimport them you can do so by following these steps:
- Open Typeface
- Choose > > > from the Typeface main menu
- Confirm the imported collections
Your collections will be converted to tags and will be attached to currently imported fonts. The tags will be merged with your existing tags.