Issue

When you open a document or template, import text or graphics, or convert Adobe PageMaker 6.5 - 7.x or QuarkXPress 3.3x - 4.1 files, Adobe InDesign or Adobe InCopy returns the following alert: "The document[file name] uses one or more fonts which are not currently available on your system. The text will use a substitute font until the original font becomes available."

Details

The application displays a list of missing fonts with the alert message.

The missing fonts appear in the Missing section at the top of the Font menu.

Text that uses the missing fonts may be highlighted in pink.

Solutions

Do one or more of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Install or activate the missing fonts.

Install the missing fonts (see "Installing fonts" in InDesign or InCopy Help for more information). If the fonts are already installed and you use a font management utility, make sure that the fonts are activated. If you use a font management utility, then consult the documentation included with the utility for instructions.

Solution 2: Install the font style or use only installed font styles.

InDesign and InCopy support only installed font styles. Some fonts, such as Critter, don't include bold or italic styles. In such cases, you must select the plain version of the font in InDesign or InCopy. Make sure that the font style (for example, Tekton Bold, Optima Oblique) is installed or change the font style to one that's available in InDesign or InCopy.

Solution 3: Reinstall missing fonts.

Make sure that the font appears in another application to verify that the font is installed correctly. If the font doesn't appear in another application, reinstall the font. After you install a font, you may need to restart the computer for the font to become available.

Note: Mac OS X installs and manages fonts differently than previous versions of Mac OS. For more information, see document 327791 , "Troubleshoot font problems (Mac OS X)" or see the Apple Support article "Mac OS X: Font Locations and Their Purposes" on the Apple website at http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106417.

Solution 4: Replace missing fonts.

Use the Find Font command to replace each instance of the missing font with an installed font.

The Find Font command doesn't replace fonts contained in imported graphics. If the missing font is in a placed EPS or PDF file, install the missing font or re-create the EPS or PDF file and embed the font.

Note: Replacing a font may change the appearance of the document if the installed font takes up more or less space than the missing font.

To replace a missing font:

1. Open the document.

2. Choose Type > Find Font.

3. In the Find Font dialog box, select the missing font from the Fonts In Document list.

4. Choose a new font style and font family from the Replace With menus.

5. Click Find First and then Change or Change/Find to highlight and change individual instances of the missing font, or click Change All to replace all occurrences of the missing font.

Solution 5: Make sure that Type 1 (PostScript) fonts have an outline and bitmap file.

If the missing font is a Type 1 (PostScript) font, make sure that both an outline file and a bitmap file are in the following system-level folders:

Note: If you use a font management utility, such as ATM Deluxe, fonts may be stored elsewhere on the hard drive.

On Windows XP:

-- Outline files (.pfm)

X:/Windows/Fonts, where "X" is the system drive

-- Bitmap files (.pfb, .afm)

X:/Windows/Fonts, where "X" is the system drive

On Windows 2000:

-- Outline files (.pfm)

X:/Winnt/Fonts, where "X" is the system drive

-- Bitmap files (.pfb, .afm)

X:/PSFONTS, where "X" is the system drive

On Mac OS X:

Note: Adobe Type 1 (PostScript) bitmap files use the font name. Outline files use a shortened version of the font name (for example, "Isabe" for the Isabella font). To verify whether a file is anType 1 Outline, Bitmap, Suitcase file, a TrueType file, or an OpenType file, select the file then choose File > Get Info in the Finder and look at the Kind field.

-- Library/Fonts

-- System Folder/Fonts

-- User/Library/Fonts

-- User/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts

-- Applications/Adobe InCopy[Version] /Fonts

-- Applications/Adobe InDesign[Version] /Fonts

Solution 6: Re-create the Adobe font list files.

On Windows:

1. Quit all Adobe applications.

2. Choose Start > Search > For Files or Folders.

3. Search for the font list files:

-- On Windows XP, type "Adobefnt*.lst" (including the quotation marks) in the All Or Part Of The File Name box, and then click Search.

-- On Windows 2000, type"Adobefnt*.lst" (including the quotation marks) in the Named box, and then click Find Now.

4. Select all files listed, and choose File > Delete. (If you delete a font list file for another Adobe application, the file is re-created the next time the Adobe application is started.)

5. Restart InCopy or InDesign. The font list files are re-created during startup.

On Mac OS X:

1. Quit all Adobe applications.

2. Choose File > Find, and do one of the following:

-- On Mac OS X v10.4.x, click the Computer button, type Adobefnt in the text field beside File Name Is, and then click Enter.

-- On Mac OS X v10.2.x-v10.3.x, choose Local Disks from the Search In menu, type Adobefnt in the box beside File Name Is, and then click Search.

3. Select the file, and choose File > Move to Trash.

4. Repeat steps 2-3 for the files Adobefnt05.lst and Adobefnt06.lst.

5. Restart InCopy or InDesign. The font list files are re-created during startup.

Solution 7: Reduce the number of active fonts or troubleshoot damaged fonts.

InCopy or InDesign may not recognize fonts if there are too many fonts on the system or if one or more fonts are damaged. For more information on reducing the number of fonts or checking for damaged fonts, see one of the following documents:

327791 : "Troubleshoot font problems (Mac OS X)"

328607 : "Troubleshoot font problems (Windows)"

Solution 8: Install the Adobe InDesign CS 3.0.1 April 2005 (CS2 Compatibility Update), and then open the document as an InDesign Interchange (.inx) file. (InDesign CS only)

Download and install the update from the Adobe website at www.adobe.com/support/downloads , or choose Help > Updates in InDesign CS and follow the prompts.

Background information

InCopy and InDesign check for missing fonts when opening files or importing text or graphics. If the application cannot locate a font, it returns an alert and lists the font in the Missing section of the Font menu. By default, InCopy and InDesign highlight in pink all text that uses a substituted font. To disable this highlight, choose File > Preferences > Composition (Windows) or InDesign > Preferences > Composition (Mac OS X), and then deselect Substituted Fonts.

InDesign can find Adobe fonts in either the system-level fonts folder, or the Adobe application-specific fonts folders. InDesign installs fonts to the locations listed below.

Fonts installed by InDesign CS2

InDesign installs the following OpenType fonts from Adobe in[Macintosh HD] /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/ (Mac OS) or Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Fonts/ (Windows):

-- Adobe Caslon Pro

-- Adobe Garamond Pro

-- Adobe Jenson Pro

-- Adobe Ming Std

-- Adobe Myungjo Std

-- Adobe Song Std

-- Caflisch Script Pro

-- Kozuka Gothic Pro

-- Kozuka Gothic Std

-- Kozuka Mincho Pro

-- Kozuka Mincho Std

-- Letter Gothic Std

-- Lithos Pro

-- Myriad Pro Condensed

-- Poplar Std

-- Ryo Text Std

-- Trajan Pro

-- Ryo Display Std

Fonts installed by InDesign CS

InDesign installs the following OpenType fonts from Adobe in[Macintosh HD] /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/ (Mac OS) or Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Fonts/ (Windows):

-- Adobe Caslon Pro

-- Adobe Garamond Pro

-- Adobe Jenson Pro

-- Caflisch Script Pro

-- Letter Gothic Std

-- Lithos Pro

-- Myriad Pro

-- Poplar Std

-- Trajan Pro

-- Kenten Generic

-- Kozuka Gothic Pro

-- Kozuka Gothic Std

-- Kozuka Mincho Pro

-- Kozuka Mincho Std

-- Ryo Display Std

-- Ryo Text Std

Fonts installed by InCopy CS2

InCopy installs the following OpenType fonts from Adobe in[Macintosh HD] /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Fonts/ (Mac OS) or Program Files/Common Files/Adobe/Fonts/ (Windows):

-- Adobe Caslon Pro

-- Adobe Garamond Pro

-- Adobe Jenson Pro

-- Adobe Ming Std

-- Adobe Myung Std

-- Adobe Song Std

-- Caflisch Script Pro

-- Kozuka Gothic Pro

-- Kozuka Gothic Std

-- Kozuka Mincho Pro

-- Kozuka Mincho Std

-- Letter Gothic Std

-- Lithos Pro

-- Myriad Pro Condensed

-- Poplar Std

-- Ryo Display Std

-- Ryo Text Std

-- Trajan Pro

Additional Information

Formatting text in InDesign

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