How to reset your font collection in macOS

When you feel overwhelmed by the mess of third-party fonts on your Mac, just follow this quick guide to reset them.

MacBook open on desktop showing custom font

Does your Mac’s font collection seem a bit cluttered? Do you struggle to find the fonts you use the most? Are you ready to remove all non-standard fonts and start over? If so, a simple trick can help you quickly clean up your macOS font collection.

In macOS’s Font Book app, you can use the Restore Standard Fonts feature to remove third-party entries and any other extras downloaded directly from Apple. A spare minute and a snapping finger is all you’ll need to complete the task. Let’s see how you can reset your font collection in macOS.

Restore standard fonts in macOS

Here’s how to reset your font collection on a Mac:

  1. To throw font book of your Apps folder or by performing a Spotlight search.
  2. Go to File > Restore Standard Fonts.
  3. Click on Proceed.

macOS Font Book app prompting to restore standard system fonts

That’s it. You will receive a confirmation when the process is complete, and all third-party and downloaded fonts will disappear from the list. However, macOS doesn’t actually remove anything non-standard. If you need to restore a deleted entry, you can find the moved files in a folder called Fonts (removed) in your user library.

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If you need to access your User Library in macOS, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. To throw Searcher.
  2. Click on Goes in the top menu bar.
  3. hold it Options keyclick on the hidden Library enter when it appears, and release Option.

In the user library you will see your Fonts folder, which contains your active third-party fonts. And if you ran the Restore Standard Fonts function, you should also see a Fonts (removed) case. You can, if necessary, reinstall all the elements that you want to add back to the system.

Keep a clean font book to increase productivity

The need to restore all standard fonts in macOS will rarely arise. If, however, you accumulate a lot of fonts, you may find it difficult to find the right ones, which can interrupt your workflow. In that case, emptying your font collection and adding the essentials is a great way to declutter the list and increase productivity.

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