Once upon an time we were forced to remember a font style by name. Thankfully Macs have brought us into the light with their intelligent Font Book application. With its useful ‘Preview’ feature Font book allows you to see a sample of the text from any font you have stored.
Amazingly you can even have a sneeky peek and preview a font that you have not even installed in your font library yet, via a disc or download.
How to Preview a Mac font that is not yet Installed
If you would like to take a quick glance at a font to see if it fits the bill but can be bothered to go through the hassle of installing it, just double click on the fonts file to open it up. Instantly Mac font book will show you a preview. It doesn’t even need to be opened before hand as it will automatically boot up as soon as you click on the fonts file.
A small widow will pop up presenting you with a sample of the font. Providing the font offers the extras, you will even be able to see what the font looks like in Bold, italic, regular etc.
How to Install Mac Fonts from Preview
It is easy peasy to install Mac fonts from preview. Simply float your cursor down to the bottom of the window ad click on the big ‘Install Font’ button. As soon as you do, the font will install and find a new home lurking amongst your other stored designs in your Font Book library.
How to Preview an Installed Font in Mac Font Book
Is is also incredibly easy to preview an existing font from your Font Book.
First you obviously need to be inside your Font Book app. To do so just follow these files – file/new finder window/applications/font book
Now your Font Book is up and running you will be presented with a window displaying three columns.
1.) From the first column on the left click on ‘All fonts’. This will make your entire font library show up in the second column titled ‘Font’.
2.) Now using column number two scroll through the list, browsing for any font you like the look of.
3.) Once you have found one you like just click on it to highlight it. You should now see a sample preview of the font design in the large third column.
NOTE: You even have the opportunity to preview your font in different formats – Sample, Repertoire and Custom. To learn ‘How to View Font in Mac Font Book!’