Change the font in a document

When you create a Google document, the default font is Arial. If you'd like to change it, simply select a different font from the font drop-down menu in the toolbar.

font selector

If you'd like to choose a different font for a particular section of the document, select the text you'd like to change, click the font menu, and select a font. The changes are applied to the selected text.

Set a default font for your documents

To set a preferred font for all your new documents:

  1. Open a document and begin typing.
  2. Highlight the text and select the desired font from the font drop-down menu in the toolbar.
  3. Click the Format menu, hover over "Paragraph styles," and then "Normal Text," and select Update 'Normal text' to match.
  4. With the text still highlighted, click the Format menu again, hover over "Paragraph styles," and then "Options," and select Save as my default styles.

Once the default font has been set, all new documents that you create will use this font until you change the default option again.

You can change the default font size in the same way -- just follow the steps above and change the size in the toolbar at the same time that you pick your new default font.

Adding fonts to your font list

At the top of your font list, you will see a section of your most recently used fonts. You can also add fonts to your font list if your Google Docs language setting is one of the following languages:

  • Catalan
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Norwegian
  • Portuguese

Here's how to add a font to your font list:

  1. At the bottom of your font list, select More fonts.
  2. A font picker will let you "shop" for web fonts for your font list.

  3. Click a font to add it to your "My fonts" list.
  4. Sort fonts in the list by using the Sort and Show drop-down menus, or use the search box to search for a specific font.
  5. Click OK when you’re finished.

When you return to your document, your new fonts will be highlighted in your font list. Fonts you add to your list will show in collaborators' font lists.

Google Docs font list

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