Typography is the style and appearance of printed matter. This includes, but is not limited to Font size, Alignment, Line spacing, Capitalization, and, yes, even Fonts. Google apps enable users to adjust typography as necessary.

In additions to reading the directions and completing the Practice, I highly recommend that you watch the typography tutorial videos and read the websites.

Google Apps has a multitude of fonts to select. In addition to viewing the fonts in the app, you can also use the following websites:

Display and Handwriting fonts are excellent for short amounts of text such as titles and headers; however, they are not good for body text.

Serif fonts have feet on the ends. These little feet make the printed word easier to read. A Serif font will clearly show the difference between the letter l and the number 1.

Sans Serif fonts are typically easier to read online.

Too many fonts on a page or in one file can become distracting. Stick with 2 fonts in various sizes and styles.

Add more fonts

Change Font Type

  1. Select the text.
  2. Click on the font name.
  3. Seelct More fonts.
  4. Check the font(s) you want to add.
  5. Select Done.

* Do you need font ideas? Visit fontpair.co.

Format Text Options

Look at the Format options for Text. We will learn more about Shortcuts in the Yearbook section, however, one of the best shortcuts is CTRLShift +. This shortcut increases the font size. Please note that the period is also the greater than sign, which is sometimes confused with arrow keys.

Font Styles

Font Styles

If a font has an arrow, click on it to view more style choices.

  1. Select the text.
  2. Click on the down arrow next to Arial.
  3. Click side arrow next to the font.
  4. Select a style.
  5. You can also use  Bold and Italicize or more style choices.

Choose a font

Format Align & Line Spacing

Experiment with Format Align and Line spacing to determine how they change the appearance of the text.

Word Art

Word Art

  1. Select Insert.
  2. Click on Word art.
  3. Type a title, saying or phrase.
  4. Use Enter on the keyboard to Save. Use ShiftEnter for multiple lines.
  5. Select the Word art.
  6. Change the font type and more.

When you need a closer view of the text, it is crucial to zoom in to view the writing.


Choice 1: Shortcuts
  • Zoom in CTRL + ALT and +
  • Zoom Out CTRL + ALT and -
Choice 2: Icons
  1. Select the zoom icon.
    • Left click to magnify the object.
    • Right-click to decrease magnification.
  2. Don't forget to click the Select arrow icon or the esc key to exit zooming.

Font Practice

Fellow educator Darren Maltais designed the font and color lesson. It has been modified with permission. To access the lesson, click the link and select Use template.


  • Typography Tutorial - 10 rules to help you rule type by The Futur
  • An Intro to Typography by Karen Kavett
  • Beginning Graphic Design: Typography by GCFLearnFree.org
  • Typography: Lesson TWO by Karen Kavett
  • How to Add More Fonts in Google Docs and Slides




If you would like a fresh look for your Google Presentation, use the original SlidesCarnival.com website.