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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintAfter upgrading to Mac OS X 10.6.2 (Snow Leopard) from Mac OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard), I found that the Tahoma font was not displayed by any Office 2004 or Office 2008 application.

Surprisingly, the Tahoma font and many others were at ~/Library/Fonts Disabled instead of being at ~/Library/Fonts.

Just moving all fonts from ~/Library/Fonts Disabled to ~/Library/Fonts fixed the issue.

Additionally, I used Control-click over the fonts in Apple's Font Book utility to resolve duplicates. Finally, I used FontDoctor and Font Finagler to fix any remaining font issues. So far, so good.

[crarko adds: I do recall there being a few font issues after doing the Leopard » Snow Leopard upgrade. I did remind me why I thought Font Book was not a particularly great utility. What has been the experience of others with Font Book and upgrades?]
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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on Jan 13, '11 09:26:53AM

Nice tip.

However, the syntax used in this hist is incorrect. "/Users/~/Library/Fonts" is redundant. "~/Library/Fonts" is the correct format. "~" stands for "/Users/<username>", not just "<username>", so there is no need to prepend "/Users/" before the tilde character. (In fact, doing so will not work at all. Terminal will just complain that /Users/~ does not exist if you try.) The text of this hint should be updated to fix this error.

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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: crarko on Jan 13, '11 10:52:19AM

Thanks! I must be going blind in my old age.

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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: CyberSkull on Jan 13, '11 12:29:46PM

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Edited on Jan 13, '11 12:30:23PM by CyberSkull

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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: asmeurer on Jan 13, '11 04:51:44PM

Is this the same mechanism used by FontBook to disable fonts?

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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 13, '11 07:56:41PM

Apparently not. I disabled Marker Felt via FontBook, quit FontBook and re-opened it to verify that it was still disabled. Right-clicking on Market Felt and choosing "Reveal In Finder..." shows that it was still in the Fonts folder, not Fonts Disabled.

So, I'd assume that the Fonts Disabled folder is the place to banish fonts that are totally unacceptable for use. But, as this hint shows, sometimes some perfectly valid fonts end up there, for whatever reason.

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10.6: Re-enable missing fonts
Authored by: benwiggy on Jan 18, '11 07:23:06AM

I don't think that upgrading to Snow Leopard creates a "Fonts disabled" folder. However, when you install Office 2008, it creates a folder of that name and moves fonts installed from earlier versions of Office there.

Early versions of 10.6 could give problems if duplicate fonts were unresolved in FontBook.

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