12 Replies Latest reply: Dec 6, 2012 10:09 AM by fs_tigre
fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi,

 

After buying the new iMac and have used it for two day I noticed that some files were in the Trash folder including the Fonts folder (don't ask me how they got there becuase I would swear I didn't move them). Since I didn't know where the Fonts folder belones to (system or user folder) I search on the internet and some people sugested doing a restore using Font Book (File>Restore Standard Fonts), but this made it worse since when it when and check it deletes the existing folders so now I only have the folder that was in the trash and I'm for sure missing one folder.

 

Is there a way to reinstall the default fonts in Mountain Lion without reinstalling the operating system?

 

This is the only thing I found but this will reinstall the OS.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4201528?start=0&tstart=0

 

 

Thanks a lot

  • 1. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    Yes, that will re-install ML but it will be an install "in place" meaning it won't touch your existing data.

    Not knowing which font folder (there are three) is in your trash, it's probably the best way to restore your default fonts.

     

    Fonts folders are stored in /Library/Fonts

    /System/Library/Fots

    and ~/Library/Fonts

  • 2. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, that will re-install ML but it will be an install "in place" meaning it won't touch your existing data.

    Not knowing which font folder (there are three) is in your trash, it's probably the best way to restore your default fonts.

     

    So, this does not delete any Applications, Preferences etc?

     

    The reason I'm asking is becuase I just went throug the hasel of moving everything manually from my old Mac since I wanted a clean install and its not fun.

     

    Thanks a lot for your help!

  • 3. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    fs_tigre wrote:

     

    So, this does not delete any Applications, Preferences etc?

    No, it does not. It will not touch anything in your Home folder, or other user accounts.

  • 4. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Awesome! Thanks a lot

  • 5. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    One more question, I'm already doing the reinstall but I was wondering whats going to happen with the installed programs that had custom fonts? I don't have that many programs and don't even know if they installed any fonts, I'm just curious.

     

    Thanks

  • 6. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    If they were installed in ~/Library/Fonts they will be there.

    If they were installed in /Library fonts you will have to re-install those.

  • 7. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks a lot, I just hope I don't run into problems later on with any of the applications I have installed so far.

     

    Thanks a lot

  • 8. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    FYI,

     

    For some reason Numbers, Pages and Keynotes stopped working after the reinstall, I get a message that says “Contact the developer to make sure this application is compatible with this version of OSX ” (something like that).

     

    Also, it looks like some fonts were duplicated because after I did the reinstall I opened Font Book to make sure everything was fine and found out that almost all of the fonts were duplicated.

     

    Not complaining here, I’m just noting what happen, I really appreciate the help provided here, this is just an FYI.

     

    You guys are awesome.

  • 9. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    You can use FontBook to find and delete duplicates.

    Have you checked for updates for your iWork?

  • 10. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    You can use FontBook to find and delete duplicates.

    Have you checked for updates for your iWork?

    I did use FontBook to delete the duplicates.

     

    The applications were working fine before the reinstall, I checked for updates but it doesn’t show any for these applications.

     

    My problem with this is that I cannot reinstall these applications since I have them in a DVD and my computer doesn’t have a DVD drive.  I installed them sharing the DVD drive from my old MacBook but I sold it two days ago, the only thing I have is an Acer laptop but I don’t know if it is possible to share the drive.

     

    Is there a way to somehow put my DVDs in a USB drive, so I can install them without needing a DVD drive (assuming I can barrow my nephews Mac which has a DVD drive)?

     

    Thanks a lot for your help!

  • 11. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,510 points)

    I'm not sure why you are getting that message on the iWork apps. It might be possible to copy the DVD to a USB drive, or you may be able to use Pacifist to extract the individual installers.

     

    First, I try getting in touch with Apple or making an appointment in an Apple Store to see how they might help you out.

  • 12. Re: Reinstalling Default Fonts in Mountain Lion
    fs_tigre Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have used Pacifist in the past and that may be my best option to extract the installer. Thank you for your help and the good info.