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Garbled Fonts Troubleshooting Guide.

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Garbled fonts in Entourage. Corrupt fonts in Safari. Weird symbol fonts in Apple Mail. How frustrating!

Click on any of jumbled font examples that you might be experiencing. We’ve documented a fix for each font problem on a separate post in our troubleshooting blog.


This troubleshooting guide is our attempt to help simplify many Mac OS X font problems. When you find yourself confronted with garbled text in Entourage, Safari, Mail or other tools, come back to this tip.

Help keep this troubleshooting guide updated! Did this guide help? Got a new example we haven’t covered? Send comments or new font problem screenshots to fontfixes@creativetechs.com.

Thanks: Special thanks for contributions from an excellent article by Benjamin Levisay on the Font Geek website.

Source: This tip inspired by our popular free annual font management workshop by CreativeTechs’ Craig Swanson: Mac OS X Fonts 2007. Sponsored by Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts January 10, 2007 6:30pm.