So you have just sourced the most amazing Font online. You eagerly install it into your Mac Font Book but wait, theres a problem… it’s not working as it should! In this case what should you do?
a.) Shout “Noooo!” at the top of your lungs and scare your elderly neighbours?
b.) Emergency dial Apple Care support and demand you speak to the manager?
C.) Simple click on the ‘Validate Font‘ button inside Mac Font Book?
Although option a.) does sound very attractive it is the lovely option c.) we need to go ahead with!
Font Books ‘Validate Font’ feature will scan through all of your Mac font files and will pin point any lurking issues, and if possible, repair them. So whether any of your fonts are refusing to show, don’t even work at all or one is just showing the slightest glimmer of an issue then make sure you take advantage of this useful Mac Font feature.
How to Validate ‘All’ Fonts in Mac Font Book
NOTE: If you would like to use the “Remove Checked” option described below, to make this more simple I suggest you login to your Mac as Administrator (if you are not already that is.) It is still possible to validate fonts as a Non-admin user but you’ll just be a bit more limited. You will only be able to delete and remove fonts from your personal Home folder.
1.) Before you begin and get into the nitty gritty stuff you need to be inside your Mac Font Book Application. Follow File/New Finder Window/ Applications/ Font Book to get there.
2.) Now you are inside select ‘All Fonts’ located at the top of the first ‘Collection’ font column.
3.) Next select File from the apps tool bar.
4.) A drop down menu will appear. Scroll down to pick Validate Fonts.
5.) Like magic ‘All’ you fonts will get checked over and validated on auto.
How to Validate a File in Font Book that has not yet been Installed
To sieve out the bad Mac fonts from the fully working ones you can actually validate them before you go to the hassle of installing them.
So for example you have stumbled across an amazing front that is perfect for your work, except its files come from a site you have never heard of and you are not 100% sure it is totally legit. Instead of installing it outright and potentially end up damaging your Mac with a virus (that is if you don’t have a Mac Antivirus Protection software) use its feature to check the files over first and validate it.
1.) Go ahead and click the File tab in your Font Books toolbar.
2.) A drop down menu will appear display various options. Pick Validate File.
3.) Next step is to select the location of your suspicious font file i.e. Desktop or Downloads.
4.) Select the font file by clicking on it. Once highlighted press the Open button.
5.) Voila! On Auto Font Book will get down to work and fine comb through the new font files, validating them and checking they are OK to install.