After you copy or install fonts to the Adobe InDesign Fonts folder, the fonts do not appear in the Font menu of the application.


Do one or more of the following solutions:

Solution 1: Upgrade to InDesign CS2.

Upgrade to InDesign CS2 and then copy the font into the InDesign Fonts folder. You can purchase upgrades from Adobe Authorized Resellers and from Adobe directly:

Solution 2: Look in a different section of the Font menu.

The font may be listed according to its PostScript name (which may be different than the name that appears in other applications). OpenType fonts from Adobe may appear in a separate section at the bottom of the menu.

Solution 3: Add file type and creator information to the font file. (Mac OS only)

Adobe provides a type utility called OpenType FileTyper that you can use to repair OTF fonts from Adobe that are missing file type and creator information. You can download OpenType FileTyper from the Adobe website at .

Note: OpenType FileTyper runs in the Classic environment.

Solution 4: Load the fonts using a font management utility.

Check the manufacturer's website to verify that you are using the latest version of the utility.

Solution 5: Disable multiple versions of the font.

If you have multiple versions of the same font installed (for example, OpenType fonts from Adobe and Type 1), disable one version.

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

Re-create the Adobe font list files to make sure that they aren't damaged.

To re-create Adobe font list files in Windows:

  1. Close InDesign and any other Adobe applications.
  2. Choose Start > Search > For Files or Folders.
  3. Search for the font list files:
    • In Windows XP, type "Adobefnt" (including the quotation marks) in the All or Part of the File Name text box, and then click Search.
    • In Windows 2000, type "Adobefnt" (including the quotation marks) in the Named text 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. Repeat steps 2-3 for the files Adobefnt05.lst and Adobefnt06.lst.
  6. Restart InDesign. InDesign re-creates the font list files during startup.

To re-create Adobe font list files in Mac OS X:

  1. Close InDesign and any other Adobe applications.
  2. Choose File > Find, and do one of the following:
    • In Mac OS X v10.1.x, click the hard drive icon at the top of the Sherlock window, type Adobefnt in the next box, and then click the magnifying glass.
    • In Mac OS X v10.2.x or 10.3.x, choose Local Disks from the Search In menu, type Adobefnt in the text box beside File Name Is, and then click Search.
  3. 3. Select the file, and choose File > Move to Trash.
  4. 4. Repeat steps 2-3 for the files Adobefnt05.lst and Adobefnt06.lst.
  5. 5. Restart InDesign. InDesign re-creates the font list files during startup.

Note: For Mac OS X 10.5x, if no adobefnt.lst file is found, then add system files in the search criteria in the File > Find dialog box.

  1. Select Other in the in the Kind drop down menu and wait for the Select a Search Attribute dialog to display.
  2. Type system.
  3. Select 'System Files' from the list and then click OK.
  4. Also check the 'In Menu' box if you want System Files to appear in your criteria in the future.

Solution 7: Load the font from the operating system's font folder.

If you use a font management utility to activate the font, copy the font to the operating system's font folder:

  • Mac OS X: User/Library/Fonts
  • Windows XP: Windows/Fonts
  • Windows 2000: WINNT/Fonts

Solution 8: Activate the font by copying it to the InDesign Fonts folder.

  1. Quit InDesign.
  2. Copy the font to the InDesign font folder:
    • On Mac OS X: Applications/InDesign/Fonts
    • On Windows: Program Files/Adobe/InDesign [version]/Fonts
  3. Restart InDesign.

Background information

InDesign and Illustrator rely on the font type and creator information in a font file to load fonts. Font Book loads fonts that don't have type and creator information.

Multiple active versions of a font can prevent InDesign from listing them correctly.

Adobe font list files contain a lists of fonts available to Adobe applications. If these files don't all list the same information, fonts may not appear in Adobe application menus. By re-creating the Adobe font list files, you ensure that they are up to date and contain correct information.

Loading a font through the operating system or through a font management utility, such as Adobe Type Manager or Extensis Suitcase, can enable InDesign to display installed fonts correctly.

InDesign CS2 can now load fonts that are installed in the InDesign Fonts folder.

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