The Mac’s Foot Book application is so great and it allows you to really organise and personalise your font settings. You can even prevent a Font from being used in a certain app! Madness!
If you do for some reason wish to stop a font type being available to use in an Application, i.e. Mail, Text edit etc, but you don’t wish to remove it entirely there here is how to do it…
How to Disable a Font in Font Book
As this query is directly related to Fonts you will need to open your Font Book app.
To do this just follow these quick instructions – File/New Finder Window/Applications/Font Book.
Now we are inside Mac Font Book we can crack on and disable a font…
1.) Start off and click on the ‘All Fonts‘ category in the first column (this is the ‘Collection’ column.
2.) Highlight the name of the Font you wish to disable by clicking on it once.
3.) From the Font Books tool bar click on the ‘Edit‘ tab.
4.) From the drop down menu scroll down to select the option Disable “Font Name” Family.
Whilst browsing through your font library either in your Mac Font Book application or in another software i.e. Photoshop, you will noticed that any font name that is disabled will appear in grey text with the word ‘Off’ appearing next to it.
Take Note: System fonts (fonts that have been pre-installed and are original) can not be disabled.
How to Enable a Font in Mac Font Book
If you regret disabling a font and miss the ability to use it, don’t fret! You can simply restore it to its former working glory and enable it.
Simply follow the tips from 1 to 3 above but from the drop down Edit menu select choose Enable “Font Name” Family and it will restore.
You can even disable and enable fonts in bulk from a collection. To do this simple highlight and click the name Collection in fist Font Book column. Then from the ‘Edit’ tab in the tool bar again just scroll through and choose Disable “Collection Name” or Enable “Collection Name”.