Fonts gone weird!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lamina, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. lamina macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Just noticed this today on my PB...

    A few of the fonts have gone weird, displaying what doesn't look like the alphabet that I'm used to.

    Is there a way, other than archive and install, to reset the font settings?
     
  2. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Here's an example... yeah yeah I couldn't think of anything else, my girlfriend is listening to that song right now and I typed 'i touhc myself' into google.
     

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  3. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Have you recently installed any new fonts? Goofy font files (usually living within your home folder's Library/Fonts) are often behind problems like this.
     
  4. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    I just installed MS Office...

    Weird thing... it seems to only happen in Safari. Everything looks fine in Opera. Werid.
     
  5. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    A bunch of fonts do get installed along with Office.

    Do you have any custom fonts that you had installed earlier? You may want to disable them for now to see if there is a conflict.
     
  6. lamina thread starter macrumors 68000

    lamina

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    Here's an example of what the MacRumors bar looks like...

    How would I go about disabling a font? Also, why would a font display like this?
     

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  7. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    The Font Book application that comes with OS X will work. Use it with care, don't try to uninstall system fonts.
    Sometimes font files are poorly encoded, and so the system has trouble telling two different fonts apart because they have some of the same internal identifiers. The conflicts can be a challenge to hunt down, unfortunately.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Using the app Font Book which the starry-eyed iMeowbot mentioned, try resolving the duplicates from the Edit menu. :)
     
  9. Deputy-Dawg macrumors member

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    While you may be able to solve your problems with Font Book I have always been partial to Extensis' Suitcase (now called Suitcase Fusion). That along with the free Font Doctor will permit you to do all sorts of clean up and management of your fonts. It can even repair fonts if they are not too badly damaged.

    But no matter what you do be sure that you do not delete or modify your system fonts.

    Finally it would be useful to post which OS X version you are using.
     
  10. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Try running Main Menu to clear all your caches.
     

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