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How to clear font caches in Leopard. As you use various fonts in OS X, the system caches font data, to make future access faster.

How to clear font caches in Leopard

However, there’s also the possibility that those caches may get corrupted, which can cause all sorts of interesting problems. One common symptom of corrupted font caches is seeing strange and overlapping characters in whatever application happens to be accessing the font with a corrupted cache. Prior to OS X 10.5, all font caches resided in the top-level Library -> Caches folder, in a file named com.apple.ATS. If you suspected a corrupted font cache, you just had to trash that file, then logout and login, and the problem would hopefully be gone.

That all changed in 10.5, however, as font caches are now created for each user, and stored in a subfolder buried in the /var -> folders directory. Please note that you do not need to do this regularly—in fact, I advise not using this hint unless you’re having a problem that you specifically suspect is related to a corrupted font cache. Undoing Font Book. Using the procedures specified in this FAQ, you can "undo" almost everything done by using Font Book except: Restoring fonts you have Removed.

Undoing Font Book

Putting fonts you moved back where they belong. This FAQ addresses: Additional advice on fonts and Font Book can be found in the "Fonts" and "Font Book" chapters, respectively, of our book, Troubleshooting Mac® OS X. Mac 101: Font Book. Using Font Book Font Book is located in the Applications folder (in the Finder, choose Go > Applications).

Mac 101: Font Book

To manage or view fonts, open Font Book, or double-click a font file. In Font Book, the Collection column on the left shows installed fonts by category; click a different category to see different kinds of fonts, or click "All Fonts" for a list of all installed fonts. The Font column in the middle displays all fonts within the selected collection. The preview pane on the right side displays a sample of characters in the selected font. These are some other things you can do with Font Book: To preview a new font that you downloaded or have on a disc, double-click the font file. If you want to install the font so that it can be used in documents you create or view, click the "Install Font" button that appears below the preview of the font. Library Subfolder of Your Mountain Lion Home Folder. The invisible Library subfolder of your Mountain Lion Home folder is the repository of everything that OS X needs to customize your Mac to your tastes.

Library Subfolder of Your Mountain Lion Home Folder

If you want to add something to a Library folder, it’s usually best to add it to your Home/Library folder. You won’t spend much time (if any) adding things to the Library folder or moving them around within it, and that’s probably why it’s now hidden from sight. Be cautious with all Library folders. OS X is very persnickety about how the folders and files within it are organized. You can add items to and remove items safely from most Public or Home Library folders, but leave the folders themselves alone.

It’s like the old joke about the guy who said to the doctor, “It hurts when I do that,” and the doctor replies, “Then don’t do that.” To find your hidden Home/Library folder, do this: Hold down the Option key on your keyboard. Select Library and release the mouse button. Macs and OS X Glossary 802.11x wireless Address Book alias Bluetooth. Troubleshoot fonts. This document can assist you in resolving problems that occur when you install fonts or using fonts with Adobe applications in Mac OS X.

Troubleshoot fonts

Font problems can manifest themselves in many different ways, including (but not limited to) the following: Fonts don't appear in the font menu of your applications.Fonts don't print correctly.Fonts in menus and dialog boxes have incorrect letters or characters.Fonts don't appear correct onscreen.Errors or crashes occur after installing fonts.Fonts are available to certain users only. To benefit most from this document, perform the following tasks in order. If you use an unsupported font format, the system can't display or print the font in applications. Mac OS X supports the following font formats: .dfontMultiple Master (Mac OS X 10.2 and later only)OpenType (.otf)TrueType (.ttf)TrueType Collection (.ttc)Type 1 (PostScript)