Updated: 12/30/2021 by Computer Hope
Computer fonts

A font is a graphical representation of text that may include a different typeface, point size, weight, color, or design. The image shows examples of different computer fonts. Software programs like Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and WordPad allow users to change the font when typing text in the document or spreadsheet, as do web designers.

While some users refer to fonts and typefaces interchangeably, it's more accurate to think of a typeface as a group of cohesive letterforms. A font is the way the typeface is presented, taking into consideration the size and style. A group of fonts including bold and italic variations is known as a font family.


Those using Microsoft Windows can find all the fonts installed on their computer by browsing to the C:\Windows\Fonts or C:\Winnt\Fonts directory.

Why are fonts used?

Different fonts are utilized to add style to a web page or document. That is to say, they can set or match the "tone" of the text based on the content. Additionally, specific fonts affect readability depending on the medium.

Default fonts and font sizes

Software that uses fonts, like word processing software or spreadsheet software, is set with a default font and font size when used. Below are the default fonts and font sizes for popular software, and online services, used today.

Software Font Font size
Google Doc Arial 11
Google Sheet Arial 10
Google Gmail Sans Serif Normal
Microsoft Excel Calibri 11
Microsoft PowerPoint Calibri 24
Microsoft Word Calibri 11
Notepad Consolas 11
OpenOffice Calc Arial 10
OpenOffice Writer Times New Roman 12
WordPad Calibri 11

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