Being able to choose from a variety of typefaces at your fingertips has been a defining feature of the Mac since its inception. However, what occurs when you add a new font and Pages (or Numbers or Keynote) claims it is not available, even after closing and reopening the application?
Apple’s adoption of the NeXT OS as the foundation of OS X has allowed macOS to have efficient font management for a long time. However, there are occasional issues, such as an internal cache not updating properly, that can cause disruptions in font availability.
You will recognize this scenario when it occurs.
Choose a section of text in Pages.
If the Format Inspector on the right side of your document is not visible, select the Format option (if it appears) on the toolbar or go to View > Inspector > Format.
Select the Font option and search for your selected font. Is it not available?
Thankfully, Pages and other software on Apple and other third-party platforms have a simple workaround for displaying the Fonts palette. This can be accessed through Format > Font > Show Fonts in Pages. In the Fonts palette, you will find a comprehensive list of all the typefaces that are installed for your logged-in user or for all users on the Mac under the Typeface list.
To choose a font that is not visible in Pages, follow these steps:
If the Fonts palette is not visible, press Command-T or select Format > Font > Show Fonts.
Choose the typeface you want from the list of options under Typeface.
Make sure that the typeface you chose is displayed in the Fonts menu in the Format Inspector in Pages.
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