Google Docs is a favorite word processor for many people. Still, many people feel limited by the few fonts available to choose from.
Luckily, you can add fonts to Google Docs. There are a couple of ways to do this, including accessing more preinstalled fonts in Google Docs and using a plugin for external sources.
Can you use computer fonts with Google Docs?
As of this writing, you cannot upload fonts from your computer to Google Docs. You can only use the fonts included with Google Docs, and you can get a few more fonts with an extension.
Use the Font menu to search for and use more fonts
The Google Docs font selector shows only a limited number of fonts. There are a number of other fonts that you can use by expanding the font menu.
- Open the existing document or create one with Google Docs.
- Click the font selector arrow on the toolbar and select More fonts. A new window will open.
- You will now see a number of fonts that were not available in the font selector. You can search for your favorite fonts by typing their names into the search box.
- Click various options at the top to sort fonts by scripts, fonts, and various sort commands.
- Once you find the font you want, click on it and it will be added to the font list. Then click Okay at the bottom to close the font window.
- The selected font will now be used in the current Google Docs document.
- Google Docs lets you save a list of your favorite fonts in the More Fonts window. You can add and remove fonts here, making it an organized list of your favorite fonts.
Use additional fonts in Google Docs for mobile
You can also change the fonts of your documents in the Google Docs app for Android and iOS. This app lists all available fonts on a single screen to choose from.
- Start the file Google Docs on the phone and open the document.
- Tap the pencil icon at the bottom right to edit the document.
- Press and hold the text whose font you want to change. Then tap the button A at the top to open the format menu.
- Select the file Font option to view available fonts.
- You should now have a scrollable list of fonts. Scroll down, find the font you want, and tap the font to use it in your document.
- As soon as you tap a font, the selected text will use it. Then tap the check mark icon at the top to return to the edit screen.
Use a plugin to add fonts to Google Docs
A way to add external sources in Google Docs is to use a plugin. There’s a plugin called Extensions that lets you add more than 900 fonts to Google Docs. You must first install and integrate it into your account, which can be done as follows.
Install the Extensions fonts in Google Docs
- Open an existing document or create a new one Google Docs.
- Click on Complements menu at the top and select Get add-ons.
- You will see G Suite Marketplace which offers several add-ons for use with Google Docs. Enter the cursor in the search field, type Extensis font, and hit Enter.
- Click on the one Extensis font add-on to the screen.
- You will now see a blue button that says Install. Click here to install the Font Extensions add-on in your Google Docs account.
- Select Keep on on the indicator.
- Choose the Google Account to which you want to use this add-on.
- Review the information to share add-on data and click Allow at the bottom.
The Font Extensions plugin should now be available in Google Docs.
Add fonts to Google Docs using Extensis fonts
Unlike the default Google Docs fonts, you can’t choose a Font from the Extensions Fonts and start typing. You must already have text in the document, and then you can use a font from this add-on to format the text.
- Select the text of the document for which you want to change the font.
- Click on Complements menu at the top and select Font Extensions Followed by To start.
- A new panel will open on the right side of the screen. This board has several fonts to choose from for your text.
- Click the font you want to apply to your text and the text will use it immediately.
- You can click various sort options in the Extensions font panel to easily find the font you are looking for.
Once you have applied a font to the text from Extensions Font, you can type it for as long as you like.
Set a default font recently added to Google Docs
If you found the font you were looking for, you can set this font as the default for all your future documents to use.
- Select text in your Google Docs document.
- Click the font picker to choose a built-in Google Docs font, or use the Complements menu for selecting a font from Font Extensions.
- Apply the selected font to the text.
- Click on Format menu at the top, select Paragraph styles, click Normal text, and choose Update the normal text to match.
- Make sure the text is still selected. Click on Format menu, select Paragraph styles, click Options, and choose Save as default styles.
- Google Docs will now use the chosen font as the default font for all of your documents.
- You can reset your font preferences by clicking Format> Paragraph Styles> Options> Reset Styles. You will then need to save your reset style as the default, as you did earlier.
You can’t add a custom font that you choose in Google Docs, but you can certainly enjoy the many fonts that the above third-party plugin can offer.
What is your favorite source? Did you find it prebuilt in Google Docs or should you use Extensis fonts? Let us know in the comments below.