by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 20, 2014)
When you are working with a desktop word processing program, the fonts used by the program are normally those installed on your local computer. With an online program such as Google Docs, that isn't the case. The program cannot rely on fonts on your local system because you might open the document on different systems or different devices, none of which can be relied upon to have the same fonts installed.
Docs relies upon web-based fonts, specifically those available directly from Google. A limited number of the most common fonts are available in the program by default, visible when you click the Fonts drop-down list on the toolbar. If you want to use fonts not available in Docs, just click the Fonts drop-down list and then click More Fonts. Docs displays the Fonts dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1. The Fonts dialog box.
The list of fonts visible in the Fonts dialog box are all those that Google offers for Docs users. Initially the fonts are displayed in order of decreasing popularity, but you can use the Sort drop-down list to choose a different display method. (I tend to like the fonts displayed in alphabetical order.)
To add a font to Docs, just click the font name. It then appears at the right side of the dialog box, in the My Fonts column. Click on OK to dismiss the dialog box, and the font is immediately available in the Fonts drop-down list.
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