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Font problem: web pages are now either in bold or italics.

1224 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Nov 8, 2012 5:14 PM by Kurt Lang RSS
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Nov 5, 2012 8:40 PM

Hello all,


I read something about conflicting fonts, checked my fonts in font book, found doubles and deleted them. I probably should not have done that (don't fix it if it ain't broke!), as now webpages are either in bold or italics or a combination of that. I use Safari and Firefox and it occurs in both browsers.


To give you an idea: what I am seeing on my screen right now, as I am typing this, are italics. All the text editing tools are at my disposal, except for the italics, so I can make text bold, underlined etc., but the italic button doesn't do anything.

The strange thing is that on my home forum where all text is now bold, when I type a message in the 'reply' field in a thread, the text is normal, as it should be, but when I preview or post it, I'm seeing it in bold.


Also, most regular websites (shops, newspapers, you name it) are now a mix of bold and italic texts.


Obviously I have tried to choose a different browser font, but it doesn't take and I'm stuck in this bold and/or italic mode now. I've searched the internet and looked for a solution but haven't found one. I would sure be grateful for any help.

iMac 20in, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,535 points)

    Font Book is lousy at correcting its database when fonts are removed from the system. Try these steps.


    Restart your Mac and immediately hold down the Shift key when you hear the startup chime to boot into Safe Mode. Keep holding the Shift key until you see a progress bar towards the bottom of the screen. You can let go of the Shift key at that point.


    OS X asks you to log in (you will get this screen on a Safe Mode boot even if your Mac is set to automatically log in). Let the Mac finish booting to the desktop and then restart normally. This will clear Font Book's database and the cache files of the user account you logged into in Safe Mode.


    Next, close all running applications. From an administrator account, open the Terminal app and enter the following command. You can also copy/paste it from here into the Terminal window:


    sudo atsutil databases -remove


    Terminal will then ask for your admin password. As you type, it will not show anything, so be sure to enter it correctly.


    This removes all font cache files. Both for the system and the current user font cache files. After running the command, close Terminal and immediately restart your Mac.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,535 points)

    At this point, the most likely cause would be bad fonts. Free fonts are the number one source of font problems. They're free for a reason.


    Do this. Create two new folders on the desktop. Call one Library, and the other User. Move all of the fonts in the /Library/Fonts/ folder into the Library folder on the desktop. Move all of the fonts in the /Library/Fonts/ folder of your user account into the User folder. The only active fonts on the system now will be those in the /System/Library/Fonts/ folder.


    Follow the instructions at the bottom of Font Management in OS X to restore just the fonts from your Snow Leopard DVD. You only need to do the /Library/Fonts/ folder, but it wouldn't hurt anything to do the System folder's fonts, too.


    Lastly, repeat the steps above to clear Font Book's database and all font caches.


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  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,535 points)

    Can I just drag them into the /Library/fonts folder to install them, or is it better to use font book?

    You can just drag them in. Font Book will pick up the additions and list them. But it doesn't matter which way you do it.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,535 points)

    You're welcome.


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