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Add New Fonts in Google Docs and Windows

Written by Miguel Guhlin

Are your students bored by your handouts? Try some new fonts in Windows or Google Docs to spice things up and keep their interest.

Yesterday, I sent a document to someone, only to have blank boxes ( ⯐  known as tofu) appear where words should have been. That’s what happens when you write something with fonts that the recipient lacks on his/her device. On October 6, 2016, Google co-released an open source font that seeks to eliminate these types of problems in 800 languages. The Noto font is now available for download.

Online Sources

Although this newly-released open source typeface works in 800 languages, there is often a need to find other creative ways of expressing yourself. Unique fonts show the fontspersonality of the author and provide a feel for events like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and many others.

Here are a few places where you can find new type:


You can easily take advantage of these fonts to enrich your documents and printouts. Here are some ways you can get them set up on your device.

How to Add a TrueTypeFont (TTF) to Google Docs

Unfortunately, you cannot add typefaces you find at the websites above to Google Docs. Instead, you have to rely on Google’s built-in font selection. Here’s how to do that:

Step 1 – Go to the Font Drop Down Menu and Choose MORE FONTS at the bottom of the list.

fonts2.pngStep 2 – Select the Fonts That Appeal to You. Once you have selected the font(s) you want to use, those will appear in your font list, represented by “My fonts.”

How to Add a TTF to Microsoft Windows

If you are on a Windows computer, follow these steps:

Step 1 – Save the font from the website. If it is in zip format, you will need to extract it (right-click on it and choose Extract All Files).fonts3.png

Step 2 – Open the Windows 10 → Windows → Fonts folder. Then drag the TTF font into the folder. You can easily find the folder by clicking in the search box (Cortana box), typing “fonts,”  and then opening Fonts in the Control panel.


Take advantage of these knockout sources to create content that displays your personality and livens up your worksheets, handouts, newsletters, and more!


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About the author

Miguel Guhlin

Director of Professional Development at TCEA
A former director of technology, Miguel brings a unique perspective to TCEA’s professional development team. He specializes in Microsoft’s educational products and has extensive instructional technology experience. A prolific writer, Miguel blogs at Around the Corner and for TCEA’s TechNotes Blog. Miguel earned both his Master’s degree in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies with an ESL Concentration and his B.A. at University of Texas, San Antonio.

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