How can I fix "missing Calibri font" errors in Pages?
I'm so darn frustrated! Every time I try to open up a Microsoft Office document in Apple Pages, Apple Keynote or Apple Numbers, I get a warning message about fonts Calibri and Cambria being unavailable. Every time. Yet the documents aren't using the typeface anyway. What gives and, more importantly, how can I fix it so I don't see the $#@$# missing font errors?
You bring up a fundamental compatibility problem with iWorks applications on the Mac versus Microsoft's Office suite on the Mac: while the file format of MS Word, for example, is understood by Mac Pages, there are fonts that are included as part of MS Office that aren't actually part of the default font set on a Mac.
If you've never installed MS Office, you therefore have a problem: there are fonts that might be needed that aren't available. That's the error you're seeing and I'm familiar with it because I too had this same frustrating problem.
I even went into Apple and talked with a "Genius" about it and he had no real solution other than to suggest that I actually install Microsoft Office 2008 on my computer. Yeah, a $100+ solution to a minor annoyance? Not so good.
I then thought that a good solution might be to download the trial edition of Microsoft Office for the Mac, on the assumption that it'd install the fonts as part of the trial, then when I deleted or removed the app, it'd more likely than not leave the new fonts. Still, I didn't really want to have MS Office running on my computer after having spent months teaching myself the iWorks suite after deciding to switch away from Microsoft software on my Mac.
And then I had that "aha!" moment. Let me show you exactly what I figured out...
I'll start by sharing the warning I was seeing with about 75% of the documents I was opening in Numbers:
You could ignore this sort of thing, but if you're like me, you want to know what's going on! Click on "Review" and the fateful error appears:
Oh, and when I open a Word (.doc) document in Pages? Same darn error:
Frustrating as heck!
Here's the solution I came up with, though as I already said, it might not be the one you want to use to solve the problem on your own Mac or IMac system...
That's what I want to experiment with so I clicked on the "Download Free Trial" button and after much download time (it's 600MB) the MS Office disk appeared and the Office Installer showed up. I don't want to install it, though. Instead, I right clicked on the icon and chose "Show Package Contents":
That's the secret "open the box" Finder option and instead of the icon, it shows everything that's included:
I went into the "Packages" folder and now it's a Where's Waldo sort of moment: I had to browse through all the available packages to find "Office2008_en_fonts.pkg":
I double clicked on it and found that I could install just the fonts from Microsoft Office 2008 demo edition on my Mac...
I went through the necessary steps then ejected the virtual disk, quit the unstarted install process, and that was it. Done.
Further testing demonstrated that the Calibri and Cambria fonts had been installed in the correct place on my MacBook Pro and the problems no longer arise upon opening Microsoft Office documents within iWorks apps. Sweet!
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