Removing unwanted fonts

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by cool11, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. cool11 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    I think that every new installation of Adobe or Microsoft software, adds fonts to my mac.
    I am not sure if I need all these fonts. Many of them are useless for me.

    How can safely discover and delete these fonts?
    Can I remain with my osx fonts?
    I want to get rid of them, but I don't want to have any malfunctions with microsoft office or adobe creative cloud.
    What do you suggest?
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    OS X comes with FontBook, a utility for managing your fonts.
    I would suggest that you don't delete them, but rather just disable them so that they don't clutter up your font menu and can easily be re-activated if needed.

    You can safely disable many of the "non-Roman" script typefaces if you don't need them -- there are lots of fonts for Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and various other letterforms.

    However, if you use Apple's iWorks, many of the templates use a lot of the Apple supplied fonts.

    While Creative Cash (...sorry, Cloud) bundles a lot of professional fonts, which are fully supported in their applications, you don't need to use any of them of course.

    If you want more sophisticated font management, then I suggest you get something like Linotype's FontExplorerX.
  3. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    Remove some weird fonts, like non roman ones, will cause any problems to the applications?
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    If you're talking about the fonts in /Library/Fonts, then those can be safely disabled. The worst thing that will happen is that some text will not display correctly and make look a bit crappy in a different font.

    Fonts in /System/Library/Fonts should NOT be disabled or deleted, and if you do delete them, they will magically reappear!!

    As I say, it's best just to DISABLE fonts, not remove them.
  5. davidlv macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    Fontbook will not let you disable fonts that are required (safety measure?).
    It also has a duplicate font 'search and disable function' (in the Edit menu?).
    For a basic font utility, it seems to be enough for most users. Try it before you go deleting fonts (reinstalling a system and applications that install fonts is very time consuming :eek:!).
  6. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502


    Jun 13, 2008
    Georgetown, Texas
    Suggested Reading

    Alas, removing certain MS fonts can cause assorted problems. Unfortunately, seemingly undesired or unusual/foreign fonts may in fact be required. Ergo, before venturing forth, I strongly recommend you read this:
  7. cool11 thread starter macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2006
    I got 'Fontexplorer'.
    Is there any safe and automated function in this application, to remove any duplicate fonts, asian ones, etc?

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