"The TrueType Symbol font
in the font suitcase 'Symbol' in the Fonts folder is not MathType's" Error
The information in this document applies to:
MathType 3.6 (Mac)
MathType 3.7 (Mac)
AppleWorks 5.0 Equation Editor
AppleWorks 6.0 Equation Editor
Macintosh OS 8.x
Macintosh OS 9.x
When some users launch MathType or the AppleWorks Equation Editor,
they receive an error message.
These messages occur because the fonts installed by MathType or AppleWorks
have either been removed or overwritten, or you have an excess of fonts
installed on your computer.
If you are not using Mac OS 9 or later, you should first make sure that you do not have too
many fonts installed on your computer.
notice addresses the following topics:
1. Why a specific version of the Symbol font is
Reinstalling the correct fonts for AppleWorks
3. Reinstalling the correct fonts for MathType
4. Rebuilding your desktop
5. What causes this problem
6. Instructions for users of PostScript fonts
Why a specific version of the Symbol font is
The MathType version of the Symbol font allows the printing of bold Greek
characters. Other versions do not. Many installers and software upgrades will
replace the MathType version of Symbol. For this reason, MathType checks which
version of the Symbol font is installed and provides a warning when another
version is active.
Reinstalling the correct fonts for AppleWorks
Apple addresses this issue on their website in their Technical Information
Library. Follow the
that Apple provides to correct it.
Reinstalling the correct fonts for MathType
This procedure will not help if you have too many fonts in your Fonts
folder. Unless you are using Mac OS 9 or later, make sure that you have read our
technical notice about excess fonts before
- Open the System folder on your hard drive.
- Open the Fonts folder inside your System folder.
- Check for loose versions of the TrueType version of the Symbol font and MT
Extra font in your Fonts folder. Loose TrueType fonts are not inside a font
suitcase and have an icon. Font suitcases have an
- Check to see if you have a copy of the Symbol font suitcase in your fonts
folder. Font suitcases have an
- Move loose copies of MT Extra and the Symbol fonts and the Symbol font
suitcase into the "Fonts (Disabled)" folder in your
System folder. If there are already copies of these fonts in your
"Fonts (Disabled)" folder, you can simply drag them to the trash
or replace the existing copies in "Fonts (Disabled)".
The MT Extra font suitcase, while it will not cause problems, duplicates the copy of the MT Extra font in the "~MathType Fonts" font
suitcase and you may want to move it to the "Fonts (Disabled)"
suitcase as well to conserve system resources.
- Inside your "MathType 3" folder, there is a folder called
"Fonts" which contains a font suitcase called "~MathType
Fonts". The "~MathType Fonts" contains the TrueType versions
of both MT Extra and Symbol. The name of a font
suitcase does not need to match the fonts it contains.
- To create a copy of "~MathType Fonts", hold down the Alt/Option key while dragging
it to your desktop.
- Drag the copy of the "~MathType Fonts" from your Desktop into
the Fonts folder in your System folder.
At this point, it is a good idea to rebuild your desktop.
Rebuilding your Desktop
Apple recommends rebuilding your desktop once a month. To rebuild your desktop, restart your Mac and hold down the Command and Alt/Option keys until you get a
dialog box asking you if you want to rebuild your desktop.
Click "OK". Your desktop will rebuild itself. Upon restarting MathType, you should no longer receive any error messages.
If you are having trouble rebuilding your desktop, or would like more
information about its function, you should read the
about in on Apple's website in their on-line Technical Information
What causes this problem
The MathType installer moves the Symbol font suitcase into a folder that it
creates called "Fonts (Disabled)" during installation to ensure that
your system does not use it.
When you upgrade your version of the Macintosh Operating System, reinstall
Microsoft Office, or apply a patch to or invoke a "First Run" of Microsoft Office, these programs check your Fonts folder
for the Symbol font suitcase. Since the Symbol font suitcase has been moved out
of your Fonts folder, they install a Symbol font suitcase into your Fonts
Some users, because they do not see a Symbol font suitcase in their Fonts
folder, place a copy there, possible moving the Symbol font suitcase from
"Fonts (Disabled)" back into their Fonts folder.
The best way to avoid receiving this error message is to manually remove the
Symbol font suitcase from the Fonts folder in your System folder after upgrading
Mac OS, or reinstalling, applying a patch to, or invoking a "First Run" of
Microsoft Office or one of its components.
Instructions for users of PostScript fonts
This section is only for MathType users who prefer to use PostScript
fonts. If you are unfamiliar with PostScript fonts, you are using the TrueType version of
MathType's fonts and do not need to read this section.
The "~MathType Fonts" font
suitcase is sufficient to activate the PostScript versions of the Symbol and MT
Font foundries usually provide a PostScript font along with a font
suitcase containing bitmap versions. This is because Adobe Type Manager requires a non-empty font
suitcase to activate PostScript fonts. The suitcase may contain a
TrueType or bitmap font.
If you prefer to remove all TrueType fonts from your system, you can move Symbol
font suitcase from the "Fonts (Disabled)" folder back into your Fonts
folder. We do not distribute a bitmap version of MT Extra with MathType. If you have
Microsoft Word or AppleWorks, you can leave the bitmap fonts in the MT Extra font suitcase. If you would like a copy of the
bitmap version of MT Extra,
a request to Technical Support.