Missing Fonts & Locations

If Typeface cannot access a certain font file or folder the app marks it as missing. Your fonts will be available again when access is restored.

Missing fonts

You tell Typeface where your fonts are stored by importing font folders (or individual font files). Typeface only has access to files located inside those folders.

When you move a font file outside of the folder(s) Typeface has access to, then the font will be missing. Depending on your app Settings the font will be removed from the app, or it will stay imported and show a question mark.

If Typeface > Settings > Library > Remove Missing Fonts is enabled Typeface will automatically clean up fonts that are not accessible anymore. For example when you move a font file to the macOS Trash, Typeface will notice that and remove the font from your library.

The font file may have been removed accidentally — therefore the app will internally store a backup of the tags that were attached to the font. Whenever the font file is imported again into the app Typeface will restore its previously attached tags.

If Remove Missing Fonts is disabled Typeface will keep the missing fonts imported. Missing fonts will show a question mark instead of the activation indicator. Since access to the file is not available, you cannot activate or deactivate the font and it’s not possible to view font details.

When access to the file is restored the app will display it correctly again. It’s like nothing has ever happened.

You can manually remove a missing font from your library as follows:

  1. Right click (or control-click) on the font in Typeface
  2. Hold down the Option key
  3. Choose Remove from Library

Missing locations

If Typeface is not able to access an entire imported folder the item in the sidebar will show a question mark. This may be temporary if the folder is stored on an external disk which is disconnected. That’s why Typeface keeps the folder available in the sidebar and keeps all fonts (now marked missing) in the app. Fonts stay imported regardless of the Remove Missing Fonts setting.

Missing font folder

When the connection to the folder is restored Typeface can display all fonts again. You can force Typeface to check if the folder is accessible:

  1. Right click (or control-click) on the imported folder in the sidebar
  2. Choose Refresh Location

Alternatively you can close and restart the app which will refresh all imported locations.

If the app is not able to restore access to the folder there are two options:

1. The folder has been removed or should not be imported in Typeface anymore

You can manually remove the imported location by following these steps:

  1. Right click (or control-click) on the imported folder in the sidebar
  2. Choose Remove Location and confirm

The location will be disconnected from the app and the fonts will not be visible in Typeface anymore. No files or folders will be removed from your Mac, but tags will removed from the previously imported fonts. If you plan to restore your tags later make sure to create a backup first before removing the location.

2. The folder is now located somewhere else the app has no access to

If an imported folder is renamed or moved Typeface can typically follow it around and keeps access to the new location. But if the folder is moved to a different disk, then the app will not have access to the new location. Moving files to a different drive is actually a copy to the new location followed by a removal of the old files. In this case Typeface does not automatically get access to the new (copied) location.

You can relink the imported location to the new folder:

  1. Right click (or control-click) on the imported folder in the sidebar
  2. Choose Refresh Location
  3. The app will notify you that the folder is not accessible
  4. Choose Relink Location
  5. Navigate to the exact same folder as the one you’ve previously imported

You’ll need to select the same folder, with the same files and subfolders, otherwise the app cannot find and relink to the correct font files.

Once relinked the app will have access to the fonts in the new location. All tags will remain available for the relinked fonts.