How to install the Microsoft "C" fonts (Calibri, Candara etc) on a Mac

24 August 2016, 01:28

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If you lack Microsoft Office then you might also lack the very popular Microsoft “C” fonts:

  • Calibri
  • Cambria
  • Canara
  • Consolas
  • Constant
  • Corbel

Here’s how to install them, entirely legitimately via a Microsoft converter app.

  1. Click here to download the Microsoft Open XML Converter app from
  2. Click the downloaded DMG file to mount it, and then right-click the installer package (called “Open XML File Format Converter for Mac”) and select Show Package Contents.
  3. Open the Contents folder, and then open the Packages folder.
  4. Right-click the OpenXML_all_fonts.pkg file, and select Open.
  5. Follow the installation steps.

This installs version 2.0 of the fonts, and I believe the current release is something like 5.0+. However, 2.0 is good enough for basic use on screen and in printing.

Note that if you have Office 2016 installed then the C fonts WON’T appear systemwide (i.e. they won’t appear in Font Book). This is because each Office app is sandboxed and has its own font folders within each individual app package. However, you can still follow the steps above to install the fonts system-wide.

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