There are two ways to add fonts to Connect Fonts: using drag and drop, or using the File menu. How fonts are added to Connect Fonts depends on whether you are using the Font Vault or add fonts in place, and whether you add fonts permanently or temporarily.
To add fonts by dragging:
In the Finder or Windows Explorer, select one or more font files or folders of fonts (or even a combination of font files and folders).
Drag the selected items into the Connect Fonts window and drop them on a local library or set within a library.
All fonts in the selection will be added to the library.
If you drag the selection to a set, the fonts will be added to that set.
If you drag a folder to a library, Connect Fonts will create a set with the folder name; if you drag a folder to a set, Connect Fonts creates a subset (a set within a set).
To use the File menu:
In Connect Fonts, select the library or set that you want to add fonts to.
Choose File > Add Fonts.
Navigate to the folder containing fonts you want to add.
To add the folder as a set (or subset), select the folder and click Add.
To add fonts within the folder, open the folder, select individual font files, then click Add.
The Font Vault
The Font Vault is a single, secure, managed repository that holds your Connect Fonts database, as well as your fonts.
All of your font data, including sets, tags, custom classifications, styles, and foundries are stored in the Font Vault.
The Font Vault also stores references to fonts added in place from your hard disk or other locations.
When you have configured Connect Fonts to use the Font Vault, all fonts are added to the Vault automatically.
The default is for Connect Fonts to use the Vault. You can check or change this setting in Preferences.
You can quickly move fonts that you added in place to the Font Vault. Choose Edit > Copy In-Place Fonts to Vault. (This will not move temporary fonts or corrupt fonts, which are always added in place.)
Temporary fonts are managed by Connect Fonts until you shut down, restart, or log out from your computer. This is useful if you have fonts that are used only with a specific project that you may not want on your system after working on the project.
Temporary fonts are always added in place and never added to the Font Vault.
To add fonts temporarily, drag one or more fonts or folders of fonts to theTemporary Fonts library.
The Temporary Fonts library
On the Macintosh, you can drag a font or folder of fonts onto the Connect Fonts dock icon; the fonts are added temporarily and automatically activated. This works even if you drag fonts onto the dock icon when Connect Fonts is not running. Connect Fonts launches and adds the fonts.
Adding fonts in place
When you add a font temporarily, it is not added to the Font Vault; instead, it is added in place. This means that Connect Fonts leaves the font on disk and activates it from that location.
When you attempt to add a font that is corrupt, Connect Fonts will not add it to the Font Vault but will offer to add it in place instead.
You can also configure Connect Fonts to always add fonts in place and avoid using the Font Vault.
To add fonts in place:
Make a folder for your fonts in a location that you have control over, such as in your Home folder or your Documents folder.
Do not make a folder inside a system folder or another user’s Home folder.
Copy the fonts to the new folder.
If you need to add different fonts to different libraries, place them in separate folders on your hard drive.
Open Connect Fonts.
In macOS, choose Connect Fonts > Preferences; in Windows, choose Edit > Preferences.
Under Font Adding Options, select Added fonts are left in their original location.
Add your fonts to Connect Fonts.
When you have finished adding fonts in place, be sure to change the Font Adding Options setting back to Copy added fonts to the Connect Fonts Vault.
Identifying fonts as in-place or Vault fonts
The Info pane for each font will show its location: Vault, a special library (such as Google or Adobe Fonts), or the path to the font on disk.
To show the Info pane for a selected font, choose View > Show Info, then click the Info tab.
If you need to quickly locate a font that you have added in place, right-click it in the Fonts pane and chooseReveal in Finder or Reveal in Explorer from the shortcut menu.
Moving in-place fonts to the Font Vault
You can move all fonts previously added in place to the Font Vault (except temporary and corrupt fonts).
Choose Edit > Copy In-place Fonts to Vault.
When you remove fonts from Connect Fonts, what happens to them depends on the context:
If you select a set in the collections pane, then select and remove a font, the font will only be removed from that set, not from the library or any other set.
If you select a library, then select and remove a font, the font will be permanently deleted from that library and all sets in that library.
If you remove a set, no fonts are removed from the library.
If you remove a library, all fonts in that library are permanently deleted.
To remove a font, set, or library, select it, then choose Edit > Delete or press the ⌫ or BACKSPACE key. You can also right-click on a font, set, or library, then choose the appropriate Delete option from the shortcut menu.
If the action you have chosen will permanently delete fonts from your library, Connect Fonts will prompt you to continue.
Removing temporary fonts
Temporary fonts are automatically removed when you shut down, restart, or log out from your computer. You can remove a temporary font manually by deleting it from theTemporary Fonts library.
To remove all temporary fonts, choose Edit > Remove All Temporary Fonts.
Removing fonts added in place
You can remove fonts that you added in place using the same methods for removing Vault fonts.