Google has a huge library of fonts that can turn your document into a pleasure to read and write. We’ve selected the best fonts to make your Google Docs documents look as beautiful as possible. We’ll cover some classics and some underrated new fonts.
The best fonts to use for Google Doc
If you’re a Google Docs user, you probably know that it uses the Arial font by default. However, there are also other alternatives offered by Google Fonts that provide a similar professional touch and readability.
When it comes to documents, readability will always be a top priority and Inter excels at this game. There are many types of lettering that can be done with this font. The font was originally designed to work specifically with the 11px font size. It has a high x height which helps in the readability of mixed and small text.
The Inter UI font family has nine different weight styles available on Google Docs. It also has OpenType features and glyphs if you are looking for more design options.
If you like carefully spaced and friendly yet formal lyrics, then Inter Milan is your best bet. It’s such a popular choice that you might even want to use Inter Milan as the default font on Google Docs.
Where you can best use Inter:
- Writing blogs or articles
- Personal documents
Clean, sophisticated and modern – these words best describe this sans serif font. Due to how clear and balanced the typeface is, you will usually see this style used on the web. Indeed, the font is still very legible, even on small screens.
This typeface is considered a humanist sans serif. Put simply, it means it’s written like a human holding a pen with minimalist contrasting strokes. And for this reason, humanist sans serif designs are usually used in education, finance, and the government sector.
Since Open Sans is highly readable, it is best to use this font for:
- Academic requirements such as reaction papers, research papers or any type of assignment
- Any type of data you enter into a spreadsheet
- Formal letters
Note: Google Docs only offers 30 characters by default. To see the Open Sans option in the font list, you’ll need to add it to Google Docs.
Roboto is another sans serif font developed by Google and has six weight styles available on Google Docs. If we compare it to Google Docs’ default font, which is Arial, the former has a more condensed look.
Because of its condensed appearance, it’s the perfect font to use when a lot of content is needed, but there’s not a lot of space to work with. When using Roboto, the typeface appears to be largely geometric as it belongs to the neo-grotesque family of sans serif fonts. It also has open curves, making it a friendly and versatile font to use in general.
Now, where should you consider using this sans serif font?
- Documents that will be opened using a phone or small screen
- Documents where you have to condense the content into one page
Bonus fact: Roboto is the system font of the Android operating system!
Another of our top Google fonts is called Merriweather. It’s a free, open source serif typeface and has a full set of weights and styles available on Google Docs. It also has an interesting set of glyphs.
This font was designed by Sorkin Type and its distinctive style balances aesthetics, expression and utility. No wonder Merriweather gives off a refined and elegant look, making your documents look more professional.
As for Merriweather’s best feature, it’s the ability to stand out due to her unique style. However, it also integrates well when paired with other sans serif fonts such as Roboto, Montserrat, and Merriweather Sans.
Merriweather is best used for:
- Paragraph headings
- Professional letters and documents
Coming from the monospace family, Inconsolata is designed for printed code lists and is preferred by programmers. As we said, it is monospaced, which means that the letters take up the same amount of width. This font dates back to the days of the typewriter.
One downside to monospaced fonts is that they can be a little harder to read than the other types. But Inconsolata is one of the few monospaced fonts that does not compromise legibility. While each character is the same width, the spaces between them are just right. It is not too condensed but not too far apart.
Consider using Inconsolata if you are making these types of documents:
- Code lists
- Screenplay or script
Additionally, you can also try using Inconsolata as paragraph headings and combine it with sans serif fonts.
We have another humanist sans-serif on the list, and that’s PT Mono. This font is part of the Public Type family where they have sans and serif fonts. But as the name suggests, this is a monospaced font. It is very similar to Inconsolata, except that PT Mono is sharper on the edges, which makes it simpler and more formal than the other font.
If you are a frequent user of spreadsheets, this font should be your go to. Each character has the same amount of width, so it is easier to calculate the size of input fields, cells or tables. To activate PT Mono on your Google Docs, you need to go to the font options list and select “More Fonts”.
We recommend using PT Mono in your next spreadsheet file so you can get a feel for this monospaced humanist font.
In addition to worksheets, this font can also be used for:
- Making work tables
- Creating job forms
Source Sans Pro
Source Sans Pro is Adobe’s first Open Source typeface family and best for user interfaces.
But what is an Open Source font? These are free fonts developed to be used for any purpose, including commercial work. Most designers use an Open Source font because the design is open for editing. The simplicity of Source Sans Pro makes it very pleasing to the eye. It’s sleek and streamlined, and the style is known for its minimalist approach.
Source Sans Pro is also a good title for paragraphs. Next time you create something on Google Docs, try pairing Source Sans Pro with Roboto or Open Sans for variation.
You can use Source Sans Pro when running the following types of documents:
- Writing articles or writing blogs
- Write in the diary
- Take notes
Last on the list is Nunito Sans. It has seven weight styles available on Google Docs. This font is a well balanced sans serif font.
The design of this font looks more rounded than the other sans serif fonts, which makes it more attractive. But it’s not so round that it makes the style soft. If you look at it carefully, the uniformity of the strokes balances the roundness of the drawing. Overall, it gives that professional yet friendly vibe.
Similar to Source Sans Pro, designers like to use Nunito Sans as well because it’s simple but quite formal. You can use this font to give your document more personality while still keeping it formal.
Nunito Sans is best used for these types of documents:
- Letters of recommendation
- Research papers
What to look for when choosing a font
Selecting a font to use may seem pretty straightforward, but there are actually a lot of factors to think about. The most important to consider is whether the document you are working on is for print or for the web. Viewing from a screen and from paper are two completely different experiences, so formatting decisions such as the font style to use for each should be distinct from each other.
That said, here are the considerations you should review when choosing a font:
When the characters are too close to each other, the content can feel denser and more cluttered. Choose a font with wider character spacing so that they are easier to read no matter how small the size may be.
serif vs. Sans-Serif
Serif fonts have decorative strokes that give your writing a more elegant look. However, choosing consistently readable serifs can be difficult. Sans-serif fonts tend to be cleaner, simpler, and easier to read. Choose based on the mood you are looking for and, of course, readability.
Degree of readability
How you use fonts is important. You have to think about the size, the range of weights and ligatures, the clarity of the characters and the standards of height and contrast. Choose was best read for your target audience.
Choose your favorite Google font
There are over a thousand accessible Google fonts to choose from. All of them are 100% safe and can be easily downloaded from their website. Additionally, there are no licensing restrictions, as all fonts listed in their directory are open source and free. You can use them on your Google Docs, websites, commercial projects, and even in print.
So, take some time to explore these great font options and narrow down your choices until you find the ones that can best convey your message.