Font Management

Basics

Microsoft Office installs fonts in this location:

  • Library/Fonts/Microsoft

Starting with Office 2008, Microsoft Office fonts are installed in the Library/Fonts/Microsoft folder. The advantage of placing fonts in the root font folder gives all users on the machine access and Office doesn’t install multiple copies on the machine for each User.

Older versions of Microsoft Office installed fonts in the User’s Library Font folder. You can delete all these fonts after installing Office 2008 or Office 2011.

Starting with Leopard, 10.5 and Snow Leopard, 10.6 the fonts installed by the OS include many of the same named fonts Office installs on your system resulting in duplicates. The fonts installed by the OS are often the larger TrueType fonts. Office can use either type of font, so always keep the TrueType fonts. For more details on fonts see Font Management in OS X, by Kurt Lang.

  • Office does not need ANY of its fonts to “run.” However, various features of Office will be broken or display poorly unless you leave the fonts it installs in place.
  • I would caution you not to disable the Chinese/Japanese fonts. These are required to produce certain special characters.
  • It’s important to deal with duplicate fonts or you could experience crashes with the Office applications.
  • After you delete or disable fonts, it’s important that you delete font caches and restart your computer! (how to delete font caches)

The system installs fonts in two locations:

  • Library/Fonts
  • System/Library/Fonts

All fonts used by Mac OS X system software are placed in the System/Library/Fonts. Never touch these fonts or anything in the System folder.

Related Articles for OS X Lion fonts:

OS X Lion: Fonts list

If fonts disappear from the font list


Office 2011 Fonts

If you want to skip to the part where you see the list of fonts to remove, click here. Be sure to delete font caches after removing duplicates.

The following fonts are new to Office 2011

  • Gabriola
  • Palatino Linotype

The following fonts installed by Office 2011 have been upgraded (compared to Office 2008 fonts).

  • Arial
  • Calibri
  • Cambria
  • Candara
  • Consolas
  • Constantia
  • Corbel
  • Times New Roman
  • Verdana
  • Meiryo

See below on how to deal with duplicate fonts.

Installed files list for Office 2011

Currently, the Office 2011 installer removes some Apple duplicate fonts and moves them to Fonts Disabled folder.

The Apple fonts were placed in the Fonts Disabled folder in the main Library. This helps with the duplicate font issue, but they don’t remove all duplicates. The following applies to  Leopard, Snow Leopard & Lion users.  Be sure to send Microsoft any concerns you might have over disabling fonts without asking first. http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product-feedback

 


List of Apple fonts disabled by the Office 2011 installer. They are replaced with a newer version of the font in the Library/Font/Microsoft folder.

  • Arial.ttf
  • Arial Italic.ttf
  • Arial Bold.ttf
  • Arial Bold Italic.ttf
  • Brush Script.ttf
  • Times New Roman.ttf
  • Times New Roman Italic.ttf
  • Times New Roman Bold.ttf
  • Times New Roman Bold Italic.ttf
  • Verdana.ttf
  • Verdana Italic.ttf
  • Verdana Bold.ttf
  • Verdana Bold Italic.ttf
  • Wingdings.ttf
  • Wingdings 2.ttf
  • Wingdings 3.ttf

In addition to the fonts that were disabled by the installer, you also need to disable  the following duplicate fontsfrom the Library/Fonts/Microsoft folder. A newer version TrueType font is available in the Library/Fonts folder.

  • Andale Mono
  • Arial Black
  • Arial Narrow
  • Arial Rounded Bold
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Georgia
  • Impact
  • Gil Sans Ultra Bold **
  • Tahoma
  • Trebuchet MS

**If you have upgraded to Mavericks, also disable Gil Sans Ultra Bold.

Run Validate fonts in Font Book to see if you have other font issues. For additional help with fonts see Kurt Lang’s Font Management page. Bauhaus 93 isn’t a duplicate but Font Books indicates it has problems for me. You should validate your fonts to see if you need to disable it too.

IMPORTANT! Delete font caches using a utility like Font Nuke and restart after deleting fonts!


Office 2008 Fonts

Delete these fonts in Library/Fonts/Microsoft folder if you are running Leopard or Snow Leopard. Tiger users should verify their fonts using Font Book.

  • Andale Mono
  • Arial
  • Arial Black
  • Arial Narrow
  • Arial Rounded
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Georgia
  • Impact
  • Tahoma
  • Times New Roman
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana
  • Wingdings 2
  • Wingdings 3

Use Font Book to validate your fonts

I also suggest that after deleting the extra Microsoft fonts, that you run Font Book to check for other duplicate fonts you might find. The following two fonts often show as problems and should be disabled or deleted. Older Adobe fonts are also suspect with Snow Leopard changes to fonts.

  • BoldBrush Script.ttf
  • Bauhaus 93

How to use Font Book to validate fonts

  1. Open Font Book in your Applications folder.
  2. Select All Fonts.
  3. Now click in the list of fonts and select all (Edit > Select All).
  4. Under File in the Menu bar, select Validate Fonts.
  5. Duplicate fonts will be marked with either the yellow badge or a black dot.
  6. Select to remove or delete duplicates.*
  7. Delete font caches (how to)
  8. Restart your computer

* Step 6 – remove or delete duplicates is where the tricky part comes in. You can select to let Font Book disable or remove duplicates, but I’ve found that it removes the one you have not been using rather than selecting the best option. See Font Management in OS X, by Kurt Lang, for more info on fonts.

Delete font caches using a utility like Font Nuke and restart after deleting fonts!


Troubleshoot Fonts!

If you want to eliminate fonts as a cause of crashes in Microsoft Office applications, boot using Safe Boot mode. In order to boot into Safe Mode, just hold the Shift key immediately after restarting or pressing the power button. When booting into safe mode it forces your computer to run various maintenance tasks. (These are some of the items disabled on safe boot:)

  • Disables all fonts other than those in /System/Library/Fonts
  • It moves to the Trash all font caches normally stored in /Library/Caches/com.apple.ATS/(uid)/
  • Disables all start-up items and Login items

If your crashes went away while booted in safe boot mode, check for duplicate fonts and delete font caches. Delete font caches using a utility like Font Nuke and restart after deleting fonts!


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