Do I really need to re-install everything on my Mac just to install an optional font?

lara May 21, 2011

I need to use the font ‘mshtakan’, but apparently it’s an optional font. It is visible in the font book, but not in the Microsoft Word drop-down menu of fonts.

Is there another option than re-installing everything again?

  1. Lara
    May 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Actually I downloaded other armenian fonts and neither of them are showing in the microsoft word fonts menu. Whenever I change the input source to armenian, I can write in armenian on google, on spotlight...but not in microsoft word or textedit. I tried it wth arabic too, the font doesnt show either.

    • Tina
      May 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm


      I recommend that you re-submit your question. Mention not only the specific font (which doesn't mean anything to most people), but also the more general font type, i.e. Arabic and Armenian writing! Maybe that will trigger someone to respond who has dealt with the same problem (but different font) before!

      • Lara
        June 2, 2011 at 7:48 am

        ok thats a good idea, will do!

  2. Lara
    May 23, 2011 at 10:38 am

     well im using Word 2008, the font is enabled and validated, it's still not showing in the word font drop down. I guess it doesnt work on word 2008. I guess I should download another font

    • Tina
      May 30, 2011 at 7:49 pm


      do let us know whether or not it works with other fonts. Thank you!

  3. Mike
    May 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Some Fonts supplied by Apple do not work in third party Applications like Word.

    At the following link Mshtakan is listed not to work in Word 2004 for example
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    In general:
    If the font is listed within Font Book it should be properly installed.

    Validate it to make sure it is not damages or similar:
    1. select it in Font Book
    2. click on File
    3. click on validate font

    Also make sure that the font is not deactivated (light gray).

  4. Anonymous
    May 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Mac OS X: Font Locations and Their Purposes
    [Broken Link Removed] click on the .ttf file and Font Book will pop open and ask you to install it. One more click and you’re done! The font will now appear in the fonts window in every program you use

    take the file, add it to your "Fonts" folder (under Macintosh HD:System:Library:Fonts) You can now use the desired font

    •If Word is running Quit it.
    •First download fonts
    •Then click on the folder it is in and click the .otf file
    •Then click on Install font when the pop up shows and drag it into a folder
    •Then open word and click on the toolbox and then got to Font
    •You then click the drop down box called Name: Then click Font Collections
    •Then click on the folder you put it in and it should be there (if it doesn't show repeat the process 6-12)

    FontForge -- An outline font editor that lets you create your own postscript, truetype, opentype, cid-keyed, multi-master, cff, svg and bitmap (bdf, FON, NFNT) fonts, or edit existing ones. Also lets you convert one format to another. FontForge has support for many macintosh font formats.
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    This link can help you
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    Windows and Macintosh come now with Unicode fonts. If you have Windows XP or newer, or Macintosh System X, you already have Unicode fonts installed from factory. All you need to do is enable the Armenian keyboard and start typingthis pdf file

    • Tina
      May 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      She is using a Mac, not Windows!

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