organizing fonts on your Mac


Hello dear friends!! I hope you have been having a very happy 2014 so far! 

I'm sure many of you know how to organize your fonts on your Mac but, just in case, I wanted to share this very easy technique.

Because, if you're anything like me, you have quite the font collection. Like at least a zillion, right? And that means you might find yourself scrolling endlessly through a list to get just the font I'm looking for. 

Well, on a Mac, there is a quick way to sort these fonts into folders!

Just head into your Applications and find Font Book:

Once you open Font Book, you will see a list of all your fonts, along with some folders that are already there (like Fixed Width and Traditional on mine):

To create a customized folder, click on the + sign at the bottom, left-hand part of the Font Book:


Then just type the name you would like for the folder:

(favorite fonts is my newest category, since I go through those phases where I use the same group of fonts for awhile)

Then, you can click and drag any font from the font list to your new folder:
  

The font can even be stored in multiple folders. For instance, I have this particular font stored in my Favorite Fonts folders, as well as in the KG Fonts folder where I keep all of my Kimberly Geswein fonts (❤):

Now when I design in Powerpoint, I can go to Font Collections, select the folder I need, and jump to that font quickly:

And that's that! I hope this was of help if you didn't know about this before...I would love to hear how it works out if you are organizing your fonts for the first time! 

I have 468 fonts right now, and that's after cleaning out of ton of old ones! How many fonts do you have? :)

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  1. WOW! This is extremely helpful! I am a new Mac owner, so I'm learning something new every day!
    Thank you!
    Alison
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

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    1. Congrats Alison, you will LOVE it! I'm glad this could help :)

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  2. I had no idea you could organize your fonts like that! I know what I'll be doing the rest of the afternoon!

    Rissa
    Keep Calm and Hoot On

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    1. I'm so glad you could use this info Rissa, good luck! :)

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  3. I don't have a Mac but am hoping one day to switch over! Pinning for future reference! Thanks!
    A Tall Drink of Water

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    1. Thank you Rachel! If you get one eventually you will love it, I'm sure!!

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  4. I knew about this, but thanks for the reminder!! Off to organize :)

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  5. I've been doing this for a while and it is sooo helpful! I find it especially helpful to create a category labeled "Commercial" so that I know what fonts I can use in my products due to licenses I have purchased or free for commercial use fonts. That way, when I know I am creating something to share on TpT, I don't have to search for which ones I have the right to use and what not. I am due for a good cleaning out though... :)

    Kelli

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    1. I like the idea of labeling it Commercial Kelli! I get so paranoid about missing a license on a font that I will only use ones I have purchased the license, but this would help greatly with that. Thanks :)

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  6. Thanks for the great tutorial! Mac is still new to me and I love learning new tricks!
    Erin

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  7. I was so excited to see a new post from you!! Thanks for sharing. I just organized my fonts.

    Laurie
    First Grade Lyons' Den

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    1. oh thank you Laurie, I can't tell you what your words mean to me! I am beside myself over the lack of blogging this year...I'm going to work harder to balance blogging with my classwork in 2014!

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  8. Thanks for sharing! Always nice to learn a new tip:) I love my MAC.

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  9. Is there a way to organize fonts on PCs?

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    1. Hi Diana, I found this site yesterday: http://www.xiles.net/nexusfont/

      I'm not sure how well it works and I don't have a PC to try it on, otherwise I would for you! I hope it helps, thanks for reading :)

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  10. No one else is brave enough to answer your question? I have 992 fonts, and I don't even create things for sale! Then again, I use the same ones over and over...so maybe I should get rid of some or organize them! Thanks for giving me something to do on a Sunday other than lesson plans!

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    1. Anything I can do to help procrastinate a bit Suzy--font organization is so important!!! ;)

      Very impressive collection!!

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  11. Well....maybe I should be ashamed, but I too love fonts. I have 702. Thank you for sharing this info with us.

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    1. Nah Evelyn, never be ashamed!! They are way too fun not to have tons!

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  12. This is so neat. Wish I had a mac... I just got this laptop, but I am definitely thinking I'll splurge on the mac next time. Thanks for sharing!

    Amy

    Always Adapting

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    1. Thanks Amy, I really do love mine but it was a hard decision to make when I first bought it, so I get that completely!

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  13. TY so much for this post! I have over 2000 fonts (yes, my name is Cindi and I'm a font-a-holic)...:) I am new to Mac, having always used a PC in my previous school, so this will help tremendously!!!

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    1. Whoa 2000!!!! That's incredible!! I'm so happy you can use this :) :)

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    2. Yes, I know..it's pitiful, but I love me a good font! LOL But I think after I finish the favorites, I'll be deleting some others.

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  14. Help! I followed your instructions above. I can see the fonts I added in the font book, but they are not available when I'm Word of PPT to select. What am I doing wrong?

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    1. Hello! I should have added this to the post, I'm sorry. You will need to quit Word and PPT and then restart them for it to take effect. Not sure why, but that should work!!

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    2. Yay! It worked! Thank you so much! I've only collected a couple fonts when they've been given out as freebies, but I'm very excited that I now know how to use them! haha

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  15. Thank you for a great tip. I can see this saving me TONS of time!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, I'm so glad!

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  16. Thanks for the tip! I find myself scrolling endlessly through all those "boring" fonts to get to the good stuff, but no more!! Any tips on organizing downloads and/or a way to send them straight to a specific folder? My download folder is always overloaded!
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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    1. Hey Courtney, thanks! I'm so bad about my downloads, but I do have folders for my files on my desktop, so I will (very occasionally!) sort my downloads into those. I don't know of another way to do this though, maybe someone else does?

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  17. I always wondered if there was a way to organize my font collection. Thank you!!! I can't believe I've gone this long without simplifying.
    Marcy at It's a Teacher Thing

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  18. Aw man. I do not own a Mac. I am a little jealous that you can organize your fonts. I need to so badly. The scrolling for my favorite font can drive me mad if I'm in a hurry. I mean, I'm sure I could just try to delete the ones I don't use but that makes me a little nervous so I just scroll on. Maybe one day my county will wise up and go for Apple so I can use a Mac!!! Until then...I'm stuck with disorganized fonts I suppose. You are so nice to share these organizational tips, though!!! Oh, and I don't know how many fonts I have and I'm a little scared to look, so I won't. Because then I may have to admit I have a problem...but I don't really think it's a problem. Just font love, right? ;O)
    Have a great week Kristen!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  19. This is awesome!!! I've owned a mac for YEARS and never knew this! THANK YOU! =)

    Jessica

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  20. I have always sorted my fonts, like you i have SO MANY fonts! I am now finding that when i install new fonts they are not showing up, even after exiting all programs and restarting my computer. I have tried everything! Have you had this happen to you?

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  21. I have had a Mac for about 4 years and never even knew I had FontBook!!!! I love that! Thanks for sharing.

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