Google has a large 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 the best they can be. We’ll cover some classics as well as some underrated new fonts.
If you are 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 offer 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 writing that can be done with this typeface. The font was originally designed to work specifically on the 11px font size. It has a high x height which makes it easier to read mixed case and lowercase texts.
The Inter UI font family has nine different weight styles available on Google Docs. It even has OpenType features and glyphs if you’re looking for more design options.
If you like neatly spaced and friendly yet formal texts, then Inter is your best bet. It’s such a popular choice that you might even want to use Inter as your your default font on Google Docs.
Where to best use Inter:
- Blog or article writing
- Personal documents
Clean, sophisticated and modern, these words best describe this sans serif font. Due to the clarity and balance of the typeface, you will typically see this style in use on the web. In fact, the font is still very readable, even on small screens.
This typeface is considered a humanistic sans serif. Simply put, that means it’s written like a human holding a pen with minimalist contrasting strokes. And for this reason, humanistic sans serif designs are commonly used in the education, finance, and government industries.
As Open Sans is very readable, it is best to use this font for:
- Academic requirements such as reaction papers, research papers or any type of homework
- Any type of data you enter in a spreadsheet
- Formal letters
To note: Google Docs only offers 30 fonts by default. To see Open Sans in the font list option, you will need to add it to Google Docs.
Roboto is another sans serif font developed by Google, and it has six weight styles available on Google Docs. If we’re going to compare it to Google Docs’ default font, which is Arial, the former looks more condensed.
Due to its condensed appearance, this is the ideal font to use when a lot of content is needed, but there isn’t a lot of room to work. When using Roboto, the font appears to be largely geometric as it belongs to the neo-grotesque family of sans-serif fonts. It also has open curves, which makes it a user-friendly and versatile font to use overall.
Roboto is part of the regular family and you can also use this font with the other type of family, Roboto Condensed and Roboto Slab.
Now where should you consider using this sans serif font?
- Documents that will be opened using a phone or small screen
- Documents whose content you need to condense on one page
Bonus fact: Roboto is the system police of the Android operating system!
Another of our best Google Fonts is called Merriweather. This is a free, open source serif typeface, and it 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 signature style balances aesthetics, expression and utility. No wonder Merriweather exudes a neat and elegant appearance, making your documents look more professional.
As for the best characteristic of Merriweather, it is its ability to stand out thanks to its unique flair. However, it also fits well when paired with other sans serif fonts such as Roboto, Montserrat, and Merriweather Sans.
Merriweather is best used for:
- Paragraph headers
- Letters and professional documents
Coming from the MPV family, Inconsolata is designed for printed code lists and is preferred by programmers. As we mentioned, it is monospaced, which means the letters occupy the same width. This type of font dates back to the days of the typewriter.
One downside to monospaced fonts is that they can be a bit more difficult to read than other types. But Inconsolata is one of the few monospaced fonts that doesn’t compromise readability. Although each character is the same width, the spaces between them are perfect. It’s not too condensed but not too spaced out either.
Consider using Inconsolata if you are creating these types of documents:
- Code lists
- Script or script writing
Additionally, you can also try using Inconsolata as paragraph headers and pair it with sans serif fonts.
We have another sans-serif humanist 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’s very similar to Inconsolata except PT Mono is sharper around the edges which makes it simpler and more formal compared to the other font.
If you are a heavy spreadsheet user, this font should be your go-to. Each character has the same 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 list of font options and select “More Fonts”.
We recommend that you use PT Mono on your next spreadsheet file so that you can get a feel for this humanistic monospace font.
In addition to spreadsheets, this font can also be used for:
- Make work tables
- Creation of work forms
Source Sans Pro is Adobe’s first open source font family, and is ideal for User interfaces.
But what is an open source font? These are free fonts that are developed to be used for all purposes, including commercial purposes. Most designers use an open source font because the design is open to modification. The simplicity of Source Sans Pro makes it very pleasing to the eyes. It’s sleek and slender, and the style is known for its minimalist approach.
Source Sans Pro also makes a good paragraph title. The next time you create something in Google Docs, try pairing Source Sans Pro with Roboto or Open Sans for a variation.
You can use Source Sans Pro when you create the following types of documents:
- Article writing or blog writing
- To take notes
Last on the list is Nunito Sans. It has seven styles of weights available on Google Docs. This font is a well balanced sans serif typeface.
The design of this font looks more rounded than other sans serif fonts, which makes it more attractive. But it’s not that round to the point that it makes the style soft. If you look at it closely, the uniformity of the strokes balances the roundness of the design. All in all, it gives that vibe that is both professional and friendly.
Similar to Source Sans Pro, designers also like to use Nunito Sans because it is simple but quite formal. You can use this font to give your document more personality while keeping it formal.
Nunito Sans is best used for these types of documents:
- Letters of recommendation
- Research papers
Selecting a font to use may seem straightforward enough, but there are actually many factors to consider. The most important thing to consider is whether the document you are working on is for print or for the web. Viewing from screen and paper are two completely different experiences, so formatting decisions such as which font style to use for each should be separate from each other.
With that, here are the considerations you should look at when choosing a font:
When characters are too close to each other, it can make your content denser and messier. Choose a font with wider character spacing so that they are easier to read, regardless of their size.
Serif Fonts have decorative features on them which make your writing look more elegant. However, choosing consistently readable serifs can be difficult. Sans-serif fonts tend to be cleaner, simpler, and easier to read. Choose according to the mood you are looking for and, of course, readability.
How you use fonts matters. You need to think about size, range of weights and ligatures, clarity of characters, and standards for height and contrast ratio. Pick was the best read for your target audience.
There are over a thousand accessible Google Fonts to choose from. All of them are 100% safe to use and can be easily downloaded from their website. Also, 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, business projects, and even on paper.
So take the time to explore these awesome font options and narrow down your choices until you find the ones that can best express your message.