Google Docs comes with a decent selection of fonts by default, but you may want to use a custom font that is not included. Fortunately, there are a couple ways to install custom Google fonts.
Add Fonts From the Google Fonts Library
The easiest way to add new fonts is to use the Google Fonts library. Here is how:
- Open your Google Docs document
- Click on the font dropdown menu in the toolbar
- Scroll to the bottom and click on “More fonts” More fonts option in Google Docs
- In the Google Fonts window, find a font you want to use
- Click the plus (+) icon next to the font
- The font will now be available in your documents Add Google Fonts
You can repeat steps 4-6 to add multiple Google Fonts. They will all be saved and available going forward.
Install Fonts Locally with Extensis
The Extensis Fonts add-on allows you to upload fonts from your computer for use in Google Docs.
- In Google Docs, go to Extensions > Add-ons > Get add-ons
- Search for “Extensis”
- Click on Extensis Fonts and click “Install”
- After installing, click on the Extensis icon in the toolbar
- Click “Add Fonts” and select font files from your computer
- The custom fonts are now available in your documents
- Use any TrueType (.ttf) or OpenType (.otf) font files
- No need to use the Google Fonts library
- Fonts are uploaded privately to your Google Drive
Setting a Default Font
Once you’ve uploaded custom fonts, you may want to set one as the default. Here is how:
- Highlight text and select your preferred font/size
- Click Format > Paragraph Styles > Normal Text > Update
- This sets the style for the entire document
- To make it default for new docs, select Save as my default styles
Now when you create a new document, your custom font will automatically be applied!
Tips for Using Custom Fonts
- Make sure you have the appropriate licensing for any commercial fonts you install
- If working with local fonts, keep the original files as a backup
- Use fonts sparingly, and only if they enhance the reading experience
- Avoid fonts that are difficult to read or have intricate styling
Adding and using custom Google fonts can give your documents a unique, personalized touch. The Google Fonts library offers a wide selection, while the Extensis add-on allows you to upload any font files from your computer.
Set a default font to save time applying it manually. Just be sure to choose fonts that are clean, easy to read, and make sense for your content.
With this simple guide, you’ll be customizing Google Docs with new fonts in no time! Let us know in the comments if you have any tips for installing or using custom fonts.