Mac Tip: Using the Fonts window

A great resource in many Mac OS X applications, the Fonts window provides an excellent way to up the quality and efficiency of your projects.

A great resource in many Mac OS X applications, the Font window provides an excellent way to up the quality and efficiency of your projects. The Fonts window provides a lot of useful information about your text as well as some great (and powerful) tools.

The Fonts window can be easily accessed in most Mac OS X programs by pressing (Command + T) or by navigating the menu bar of your current application, generally in the "Format" sub-menu under "Show Fonts".

The Fonts window allows users to easily sort and categorize their Fonts. You are also able to change the font size in your document, add drop shadows (and adjust the settings), change the document page color, change the font color, and apply styles such as strike-through and underlining.

By dragging the tiny dot at the center of the top of the styles toolbar, you can reveal an information that tells you the font style and size of the currently selected text. This is a great way to be sure the fonts in your project match size and styles.

The Fonts window also allows you to search for a particular font which is especially helpful for someone like me that has over 400 fonts to sift through. By clicking the gear wheel icon at the bottom of the window, users can manage their fonts, look through typography options that may be available for some fonts, or search the special characters menu (also available in many Mac OS X applications by pressing Command + Option + T).

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