Instructions: Install multiple fonts on Mac OS X at once

Screenshot installing several fonts on the Mac

When moving to a new Mac, you can usually use the migration assistant or move the files manually if you want to do a “clean install”. This is recommended if the Mac has simply been migrated again and again over the years and then strange failures and crashes disrupt work at irregular intervals. One thing that can be very annoying when reinstalling is installing all the fonts that you had previously installed on the old Mac OS X.

Screenshot installing several fonts on the Mac
This is what the screen can look like when you try to install a few hundred fonts from the Finder by selecting and double-clicking. The Mac utility “Font Book” solves the problem a little more elegantly. Thanks for the screenshot Lynne!) ;)

The Font Book tool is your bulk install friend

Der laut Apple support page In addition to installing individual fonts, you can use the Font Book utility to install entire folders containing multiple fonts. This then saves the many mouse clicks that you would otherwise have to do with the manual method (as in the screenshot above).

Where can I find the Font Book application on Mac?

Here, too, the Apple site can help:

The font collection is located in the Applications folder (in the Finder “Go” > “Programs”). To manage or view fonts, open Font Book or double-click a font file.

Screenshot Mac Font Collection Utility
With the Mac utility "Font Book" you can manage all your fonts and install new fonts - even a whole folder of fonts in one go.

This is how it works according to the instructions in the Apple Support document

You can also use the font set to install one or more fonts. Choose Add Fonts from the File menu, select the font or a folder containing multiple fonts, and then click Open to install the font(s).

Important: restart the Mac

After installing the fonts you definitely have to restart the Mac. Otherwise it will not display the newly installed fonts in the programs in which you want to use them: Adobe Indesign, Photoshop or other software that you may be using.

Another tip: If, despite everything, you accidentally open as many windows as above, then you can close them all at once. To do this, hold down the ALT key and then close one of the windows. Immediately after the click, all other windows should go too.

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