When you visit a website, what are the first details you notice? Ads, perhaps the banner, maybe the menu tabs? You wouldn’t be wrong, but one detail that often gets overlooked and its importance doesn’t get realized until it’s drastically changed is the font.
It can be a jarring experience to visit a very clean and developed website–something that’s serious and means business–only to see font that’s whacky and out there. Fonts and the websites they’re used on don’t work like complimentary colors; it’s more like a blending effect. You can change your viewing experience with Google Fonts on your PC.
Whether you’re looking to personalize your viewing experience, writing a paper or designing a website, fonts are an important detail that can draw the reader in, provided you use a legible font that anyone can read and enjoy. After all, how often do you leave a website thinking, “Wow. that was hard to read.” More often than you think now that it’s been pointed out.
There is a library full of Google Fonts that you can get your fingers on. All you have to know is where to get them and how to install them, and you’ve come to the right place to find that out.
How to Download Google Fonts
Before you can use Google Fonts, you actually have to download the files first. That’s easy enough. You can start by:
1. With your preferred web browser, fire it up and head on over to Google Fonts’ homepage.
2. Google Fonts has nearly a thousand different fonts to choose from. Go ahead and pick as many as you want by clicking on the addition sign ( + ) in the top right corner of each font preview box. Whenever you click one, it opens a box at the bottom of the screen.
3. Repeat Step 3 until you’ve chosen every single font you want.
Now, to download the fonts, click the bar that appeared at the bottom of the page, the one that appeared from choosing a font. Clicking it will reveal a menu to navigate. You’ll see every single font you’ve currently chosen as well as some additional developer information that you don’t have to give any time to. It doesn’t matter if you don’t use it.
4. In the top right corner of the menu, click Download, the arrow pointing to a horizontal line. Once the download begins, you will notice you’re given a .zip file.
- You’ll need software like WinZip or 7zip to open a .zip file. They’re both easy to use and free.
- You’ll see Google ask about SkyFonts. It isn’t necessary, but it can make handling fonts if you have too many to count.
- Be conscious of the number of fonts you download. Some fonts pull more resources than others and too much with a limit amount can bog your PC down.
- If you want to delete any fonts you don’t want, click the subtraction icon ( – ). Or, alternatively, click Clear All if you want to start over.
Installing Google Fonts
When you choose a font you don’t choose a single font, you actually get a “family” of fonts. When you open a font folder, you’ll notice that the font has different variations. To use all of them, you’ll have to install each one individually.
1. Explore the location you downloaded the .zip file to. By default, it should have been downloaded to your Downloads folder. Once found, right click the .zip file, provided you have a program to handle them, and click Extra all… from the drop down menu that follows.
2. Choose a location that’s easy to reach, say your desktop or your downloads folder, then click Extract. After a few moments, you can find the contents in the location you extracted them to.
3. Right click on the font you want to install. From the drop down menu that follows, click Install.
And there you have it. Installing Google Fonts is a fairly easy task, though it can be rather tedious to install each individual version of a font just to have the variety. And again, be sure to cycle fonts out when you aren’t using them. They may not be very big files, but download and install enough of them and you’ll fill your PC up fast.