How to Find Apple LiGothic on Mac OS X

By Dan Gaunt

While there are a number of Mac OS X fonts installed by default, there are essentially two different groups: user fonts that can be enabled and disabled at will, and core system fonts that are always enabled. The Apple LiGothic font falls into that second category and is conveniently located in a separate, system-wide font folder. Depending on the language options you choose at installation, Apple LiGothic may not be installed, as it is Apple's default font for displaying traditional Chinese characters.

Step 1

Activate the Finder by clicking on the Desktop. You can also click on the smiling face icon on your Dock.

Step 2

If you activated the Finder through the Desktop, select "Computer" from the "Go" menu.

Step 3

Open your hard drive by double-clicking its icon. By default your hard drive is named "Macintosh HD."

Step 4

For OS X 10.3 and 10.4, open the "System" and "Library" folders and navigate to the "Fonts" folder, which is where you will find the Apple LiGothic font. With OS X 10.5 and 10.6, after selecting "Macintosh HD," select the "Library" and "Fonts" folders. Apple LiGothic is located here.

Tips & Warnings

  • To activate or deactivate fonts you should use Font Book, which is located in your Applications folder.

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