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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office Apps
Snow Leopard only hintAfter upgrading to OS 10.6, I noticed that Microsoft Word and Excel were slow to launch. They would each go through the 'Optimizing Font Menu Performance' task every time they were launched; normally this is done only after the apps are installed or updated. The problem turned out to be duplicate fonts installed on the system, and this can be easily resolved using the Font Book application.

If any duplicate fonts are present, they will be identified by a yellow warning triangle in the Font column, and these can be safely disabled. The easy way to do that is to choose Edit » Select Duplicated Fonts (to select all duplicates) and then Edit » Resolve Duplicates (to disable the duplicates).

Note that Snow Leopard has changed font handling in many ways; that link contains detailed information on the changes.

[robg adds: You can disable duplicates in 10.5, too. I marked this one Snow Leopard Only due to the menu item that doesn't exist in 10.5, and it seems the duplicate fonts weren't causing a problem in 10.5.]
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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office
Authored by: everkleer80 on Oct 30, '09 09:41:21AM

What I want to know is how duplicates get there? I've had problems twice, once when I upgraded to SL and once after I had been using SL for a while and did a full restore (using OS discs) from my Time Machine backup. After I upgraded to SL, I noticed that some text in certain places like Automator AppleScripts and certain web pages wasn't displaying right. I figured this probably had to do with the fonts and I eventually found Font Book and deleted the duplicate fonts. In my case, resolve duplicates didn't solve the problem completely because some of my fonts had triplicates and resolve duplicates, no matter how many times I clicked it, still left me with 2 copies for those ones, so I had to actually select the remaining duplicates in the list and choose remove.

I'm glad the dupes have only appeared for me basically during OS installs, but I still wonder why they would be getting created...



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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office
Authored by: kiltbear on Oct 30, '09 10:13:48AM

I would guess that the fonts in the system folder are from Apple and the fonts in the user folder were put there by Microsoft Office install.



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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office
Authored by: catnick2 on Nov 06, '09 09:28:55AM

Running Font Book (OS X application) showed me the conflicting fonts, but it was only after I found and deleted a font with an extension of .dfont was I able to resolve the problem.

Your resolution may differ, of course, but my solution:
- I found a Lucida Grande font with .dfont extension.
- deleted the font, but could not empty the trash as the font was in use.
- restarted iMac and then emptied the trash.
- restarted machine again and was able to run MSOffice.

I hope this helps you.



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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office
Authored by: mmnw on Oct 31, '09 03:56:22AM

I couldn't find it by searching this site, but I remember doing kind of the same when upgrading from Tiger to Leopard. I specifically remember problems with MS Office and duplicate fonts. I think there has been some hint about this here before.



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10.6: Solve a repetitive font optimization issue in Office
Authored by: terryb on Oct 31, '09 10:33:36PM

BRAVO !!



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