How to tell what font is on a page

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope

Web fontIt's relatively easy to determine what type of font is used on a web page or in a document. However, there are several ways to go about it depending on where you're viewing the text, and how frequently you intend to check font styles.

Font in a document

If you are viewing a document in a word processor, highlight the text and look in the toolbar at the font option. It should display which font is being used in the highlighted text.

Font on a web page

Via word processor or text editor

Very similar to the method described above, you may highlight the text on the web page that you want to determine the font for, copy that text (right-click with your mouse and select Copy, or press Ctrl+C on your keyboard). Open a word processing application or text editor and paste (right-click with your mouse and select Paste, or press Ctrl+V on your keyboard) the text in a new document. Highlight the text again in the word processing document and look at the font option in the toolbar. It should display which type of font is used for that text.

Via plug-in

For those who frequently like to check font on a web page, the best option is usually to download a software application (also sometimes called a plug-in) that can be installed on your Internet browser. These applications are typically accessible within the Internet browser, as a button or an additional toolbar option. Most function similarly, either by highlighting the text or hovering over the font and clicking a button in the toolbar. The font name should appear in a pop-up window or text bubble.

Note: Though there are may free applications, some of them cost money to download.

Via source code

A more difficult, but still valid option to utilize is checking the source code for the web page. You can usually view the source code by right-clicking, on the web page and selecting the View page source option in the pop-up menu. This displays the programming code used to build the web page. Within this source code, you may be able to find the type of font being used for the text on the web page. However, often times the font type is specified within a CSS file, which may not be available for view.

Tip: In many web browsers, you may view the source code with Ctrl+U or by pressing F12.

Additional information

  • See the font definition for more information and related links.
  • See the computer fonts links for a listing of great web pages to download fonts.