Safari shows question marks instead of Text

In this segment we are going to show you how to fix “Safari shows question marks instead of text” applicable for all Safari Versions

Suddenly Safari start showing question marks instead of regular text and you didn’t made any changes on your system. So, who is the culprit here let’s find the solutions to resolve this issue.

Things to remember

  • Keep your Mac OS up to date.
  • Always scan your Mac with the help of Malwarebytes Anti Malware Software.
  • Search for a free Anti-Virus and install it. My Choice: Avast, AVG, or Avira.
  • Note: Don’t click on websites which start with Ad.Ads

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Reason: Safari shows question marks

  • This is an issue due to Corrupt fonts or Multiple copy of fonts installed on Mac OS.
  • When we install third party software especially “Adobe Software’s”. They will download the fonts from there website and install it on Mac.

Avoid future problems

Before going for any steps, we need to take precaution and copy all of our fonts.


  • Open Font Book, click on All Fonts,
    • Now click on any of them in the list and press Command-A to Select All.

Then choose File, “Export Fonts” and save them all to somewhere on your Mac.

Let’s fix the issue


  • Open the Font Book app located under Applications.
  • From the Font Book menu bar,
    • Click Font Book > Preferences then
    • Click Resolve Duplicates by moving files to the Trash.
  • Quit and relaunch Safari to test on your website.


Step-1: Try starting up in Safe Mode
Step-2: Restore Standard fonts


If the above fix are not able to resolve the font issue. Then you need to backup the system and try to re-install the Mac OS.

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Harish Kumar

As a founder of the PcMac YouTube channel and website, Our goal is to provide Free Technical help to people and spread knowledge to everyone.
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