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Chapter 11. Fonts > Font Locations

Font Locations

On a typical Mac OS X system, fonts can be installed in four or more places (Table 1). Where a font is installed determines who can use it.

  • User fonts are installed in a user’s Fonts folder (Figure 1). Each user can install, control, and access his or her own fonts. Fonts installed in a user’s Fonts folder are available only to that user.

    Figure 1. User fonts are installed in the Fonts folder within the user’s Library folder.

  • Local fonts are installed in the Fonts folder for the startup disk (Figure 2). These fonts are accessible to all local users of the computer. Only an Admin user can modify the contents of this Fonts folder.

    Figure 2. Local fonts are installed in the Fonts folder within the startup disk’s Library folder.

  • System fonts are installed in the Fonts folder for the system (Figure 3). These fonts are installed by the Mac OS X installer and are used by the system. The contents of this Fonts folder should not be modified.

    Figure 3. System fonts are installed in the Fonts folder within the System’s Library folder.

  • Classic fonts are installed in the Fonts folder within the Mac OS 9.x System Folder (if Mac OS 9.x is installed). These are the only fonts accessible by the Classic environment, although Mac OS X can use these fonts, even when the Classic environment is not running.

  • Network fonts are installed in the Fonts folder for the network. These fonts are accessible to all local area network users. This feature is normally used on network file servers, not the average user’s computer. Only a network administrator can modify the contents of this Fonts folder.


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