Archive for March 30th, 2016

by Tom Nelson

Fonts seem like pretty innocuous little files, and most times they are. But like any computer file, fonts can become damaged or corrupt; when that happens, they can cause problems with documents or applications.


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If a font won’t display correctly, or at all, in a document, the font file may be damaged. If a document won’t open, it’s possible that one of the fonts used in the document is damaged. You can use Font Book to validate installed fonts, to ensure that the files are safe to use.

In addition, you can (and should) validate fonts before you install them, to head off at least some future problems. Validating fonts at installation can’t prevent the files from becoming damaged later, but at least, it will help ensure that you’re not installing problem files.

Font Book is a free application that’s included with Mac OS X 10.3 and later.

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