Tutorial 2: Smart Folders in Font Book

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This tutorial is about how to create Smart Folders in the Font Book application on your Mac. The Font Book application lets you install, remove, view, organise, validate, enable, and disable fonts. Fonts are the different styles of type that your Mac is going to use to display and print text.

You can access and open Font Book on your Mac a number of different ways. The Font Book is located in the Applications folder.

  • You can open it via the Finder application and go to the applications folder and open it this way.
  • You can drag it and keep it in the dock if you are going to use it on a regular basis.
  • Or you can use the Spotlight application (command key + Space Bar).
  • Or with your mouse click on the little magnifying glass in the top right-hand corner of your screen.


  • A Mac computer
  • Font Book Application (Free on all Macs)

You will notice if you are using Font Book for the first time that there are preconfigured collections. As a designer, I am making typography choices all the time whether it is for a website or a print job. In most cases, I will be deciding whether or not to use a serif or a San serif font. So it makes sense to me to create two smart folders organising the San Serif and Serif fonts so that I can narrow down my choice quickly.

1 Create Smart Folder.

The first step in creating a smart folder is to go to the file menu and then select New Smart Collection.

2. Name the Collection.

As we are going to create a Serif collection once the smart folder dialogue box is opened, I called the Collection ‚ÄúSerif‚ÄĚ


3 Use Filter to choose Design Style.

Our selection is made relatively easy as we are given a drop-down box filter with some choices. I want design style, Serif. Once I have done this, I click on okay, and I have created a smart folder containing a collection of fonts that are only serif. There are many different styles that you can use to filter the design style of your fonts even further; Roman, Ornamental, Handwriting, Monospaced, Symbol and so on.

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teamSimon is a Sydney based digital designer. He is the Director of a boutique digital design studio, Bailey Street Design located in the vibrant inner west suburb of Newtown.  Simon studied graphic design at Shillington College and specialises in web design for small and medium size businesses.  Simon and his team (Toby the studio dog) are passionate about visual communication in the digital environment

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