How To Install Custom Fonts for Google Docs

Posted by Matthew on January 12, 2019

Fonts are everywhere these days, and they come in just about every sort of style you can imagine (and some you probably can’t imagine)! The world of free fonts has never provided more choice than it does today, and they’ve never been easier to access. One excellent source for fonts is the Google Fonts website, which has an extensive repository of 915 font families as of early 2019. This repository of open source fonts is a huge, easily accessible, and easily browsable resource for anyone using typography. While intended for use in the Google Docs word processing program and on HTML websites, the Google Fonts repository is open for anyone to use however they wish. In this article I will show you how to use the Google Fonts repository in your Google Docs documents, as well as how to install them to a Windows 10 machine for local use.

Add New Custom Fonts to Google Docs Documents

Before you install any new fonts on Windows, preview them in a Google Docs document first, just to make sure you like the way it looks. If you have been living under an abandoned barn for the past twenty years and don’t have a Google account, you can create a free account here, and you’ll be rolling in no time. Once you have a Google account, visit Google Docs and click Blank to open the word processor as in the snapshot directly below.

Click the Font drop-down menu (it probably says “Arial” on your document, as that’s the default for Google Docs) on the Google Docs toolbar. Then click More fonts to open the window shown directly below. There you can select a full collection of Google fonts to add to Docs’ Font drop-down menu.

Click the Show button to open a drop-down menu of categories. Then you can search for fonts in more specific categories, as trying to browse through all of them in one lump category would get more than a little be overwhelming. Select a font to add to the document, and press the OK button. Enter some text in the document and format the font to preview it in the word processor.

Add Fonts to Windows from the Google Fonts Website

Using the Google Fonts repository in Google Docs is simple; you just use the fonts as outlined above. However, if you want a little more control over customizing the document as a whole then you may prefer a desktop word processor such as Microsoft Word, and in that case you’ll need to download the fonts you want to use to your local machine. Just navigate to Google Fonts to get started.

Now you can browse through an expansive directory of fonts by clicking Directory at the top of the Google Fonts website. To find some of the fonts you entered in the Docs word processor, click the Show search and filters button at the top right of the page. That will open the search sidebar, as in the shot directly below. Enter the font name in the search box to find it, or select a specific category filter for a more general font search.

Click the Select this font + buttons to choose fonts for download. Then you can click a minimized Families Selected window at the bottom of the page to open your selection of fonts, as shown directly below. Click the Download this selection button to save the selected fonts to your hard drive.

The fonts are saved within a compressed ZIP file. Open the folder you downloaded them to in File Explorer, and click the new font ZIP file. Extract the compressed ZIP folder by pressing the Extract all button, which will open the window shown directly below. Click the Browse button to select a folder to extract the ZIP to, and then press the Extract button.

Open the extracted font folder, and then right-click one of the Google font files and select the Install option on the context menu. To select multiple fonts, hold and press the Ctrl button. Alternatively, you can drag-and-drop Google fonts from the extracted folder into the Windows fonts folder instead. The path for the Fonts folder is: C:\Windows\Fonts.

Next, open your word processor in Windows and click its font drop-down menu to select the new Google font from there. Note that you can also select the fonts in image editors and other office software.

Add Google Fonts to Windows With SkyFonts

You can also add the Google fonts to Windows with extra third-party software. SkyFonts is free font management software that you can use to install and maintain your fonts. Using SkyFonts is recommended because if a font family changes, SkyFonts will automatically keep you up to date with the new or corrected fonts. That’s one less thing to worry about forgetting. Just visit the SkyFonts site and click Download SkyFonts to add the software to Windows. You’ll also need to set up an account on the SkyFonts website by clicking Sign in. 

Thereafter, press the Browse Google Fonts button on the SkyFonts site to open the window shown below. To add one of the listed fonts to Windows, click its SkyFonts button. Then press the Add button to install that font on Windows.

The Google Fonts directory is a great collection of web fonts which anyone can use for their own purposes. Now you can include those fonts in your documents, and even add them to your images, using Windows word processors and image editors. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, this Tech Junkie guide even tells you how to install Harry Potter fonts!

3 thoughts on “How To Install Custom Fonts for Google Docs”

dph says:
It’s not possible to add a local or custom font to Google Docs. That’s because Docs uses only special web-based fonts, not locally stored fonts. You can only add fonts from those that Google offers.
Lola says:
Re: Julia’s post. I’d like to know this, too!!
Julia says:
Hi, I purchased a font from ‘creative market place’ and I want to use it in Google docs… I’m wondering if it’s possible to upload this font from my hard drive? The struggle is real!
Stefanie says:
Same here!
Marcy Peterson says:
Same here. too!

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