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How to change or add fonts to Google Docs

Choose from over 1,000 fonts to add to your collection!

Published onMarch 8, 2023

As a writer, it can get boring looking at the same font day in and day out. Whether that’s Times New Roman for essays, Bodoni for resumes, or Arial for whenever you’re too lazy to change your font at all, having only a handful of fonts to choose from can make writing a lifeless task. If you use Google Docs, you can access over 1,300 additional font families for free. These are not automatically installed, so here is how to add fonts to Google Docs.


To add fonts to Google Docs, click the Font box > More fonts. Click on all of the fonts you wish to add, then click OK to add them.


How to add new fonts to Google Docs

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For the uninitiated, Google Docs gives you the option to add as many fonts as you want from its Google Fonts library. This consists of over 1,300 different font families, all of which can be added to your account and accessed through Google Docs and Google Slides. There are many situations where this is useful, so how do you start adding fonts to your Google Docs?

First, open a Google Doc and click the Font button. This is located in the text editing toolbar and will open a dropdown menu containing all of your Google Fonts.

click the google fonts button at the top toolbar
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Click the More fonts button. The symbol looks like a capital ‘A’ with a plus sign in front of it.

next click the More Fonts button that looks like an A Plus
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Go ahead and click whichever fonts you want from the list. When you do, they will turn blue with a checkmark next to them, and they will be added to your My fonts list on the right-hand side; this is essentially your “font shopping cart.”

When you have selected your desired fonts, click the blue OK button at the bottom.

click on the font you want and click ok
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The Fonts window will close, and your newly added fonts will now appear in the dropdown menu when you click Fonts.

when you have added your font it weill show up in the list
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How to change your default font in Google Docs (PC and Mac)

If you don’t like starting every new Google Doc in Arial, then you can change your default font to whatever you want.

First, open a Google Doc on your computer and ensure the paragraph style is set to Normal text. You will see that the default font in Google Docs is Arial and the default font size is 11.

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Change the font and font size to whatever you wish to make the default. The default setting is what every new Google Doc you open will open with in terms of typeface, paragraph settings, and line spacing.

For example, here, we are changing the default font to Times New Roman and the default font size to 12. You can also change your alignment and line and paragraph spacing.

change font and whatever you want for defaults
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With your desired font settings, type out a block of text and then highlight it.

highlight a block of text
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Next, click the Styles dropdown menu. This is located to the left of Fonts.

Hover your mouse over Normal text, and then, from the extended menu, click Update ‘Normal text’ to match.

update normal text to match
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Finally, click the Styles dropdown again, then hover your mouse over Options. From the extended menu, click Save as my default styles to finish.

save as my default styles
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Now, every time you start a new document, your default font settings will be what you set. If you need to reset your styles, click the Styles dropdown, then go to Options. From the extended menu, click Reset styles.

How to change your default font in Google Docs (Android and iOS)

document on google docs chrome browser mobile
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Currently, you cannot change the default font on the Google Docs mobile app. However, if absolutely necessary, you can follow all of the above steps using the Google Docs website in desktop mode.

To activate desktop mode in the Google Chrome mobile browser, press the button in the top right corner. From the following dropdown menu, tap the tab that says Desktop site.

desktop site button on mobile
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You cannot upload your own custom fonts to Google Docs.

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