Change Your Fonts – For Mac OS X

How to Change Your Fonts

Some people find certain text styles or fonts difficult to read on their computer and on websites. For example, a serif style such as Times New Roman, or a ‘cluttered’ script such as Helvetica narrow. Most people find a sans-serif style such as Arial or Verdana more comfortable. Others find a monospaced font such as Courier easier to read – these may include people with dyslexia.

These guides explain how to change the font in your operating system (Windows or Mac). You can also change the default font in specific programmes such as web browsers, which will make it easier to surf the internet.

There are two ways to do this…

  • Change the fonts on your computer
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac). Please select from the options below.
      1. Windows 7
      2. Mac OS X
  • Change the fonts in your browser
    1. This guide is different depending on your operating system (Windows or Mac) Please select from the options below.
      1. Windows 7
        1. Change your fonts in Internet Explorer 7
      2. Mac OS X
        1. Change your fonts in Safari

How To Change Your Fonts In Mac OS X

There are no built-in options to easily change the system fonts used by Mac OS X for menus, toolbars, titles and other text at the time of writing this guide. To change the system fonts, you’ll need to use third-party software.

Change your fonts using third-party software

There are third-party software solutions for changing the fonts in Mac OS X, but these may require you to change system settings at a programming level and are aimed mainly at administrators and experienced users.

However, the freeware programme TinkerTool is aimed at regular users. It allows you to activate personal preference features that Apple has hidden in the Mac OS X operating system, including the ability to change the system fonts, as shown in Fig 1. Further information is available on the website of the software’s producer Marcel Bresink Software-Systeme.

Fig 1

Other programmes that allow you to change the system settings may also be available. Consult the Apple Downloads – System/Disk Utilities page for a list of available free and paid-for software.

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