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Activating, Deactivating, and Customizing Fonts

Once you’ve created a series of font collections, it’ll be necessary to instruct the Font Book application as to what fonts you want to use, and what fonts you want to turn off. It’s important to understand that fonts consume memory on your computer. For example, if you have hundreds of fonts active (and that’s not unusual), it takes more RAM memory to maintain those fonts; even if you’re not using them. That’s where font management comes into play. Using Font Book, you can decide what fonts you need, and what fonts can be retired, or disabled, for the remainder of the work session.

Activate and Deactivate Fonts

  • green1.jpg Click the Applications folder in the Dock, and then click the Font Book icon.
  • green2.jpg To deactivate a collection or a font, select the collection or font, click Disable, and then click Disable to confirm.
  • green3.jpg To activate selected fonts, select one of more fonts from the Font column, and then click Enable.

    If a font is disabled, it says Off to the right of the font.

  • green4.jpg Quit Font Book.

Customize Fonts

  • green1.jpg Click the Applications folder in the Dock, and then click the Font Book icon.
  • green2.jpg Select the font you want to customize.
  • green3.jpg Click the Preview menu, and then click Custom.
  • green4.jpg Control-click your mouse in the font window, point to Font, and then select from the following customizing options:
    • Show Fonts. Lets you adjust the font; including color, size and drop shadow.

    • Show Colors. Lets you change the color of the selected font.

  • green5.jpg Make any changes to the font, and then close any open dialogs.
  • green6.jpg Quit Font Book.
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