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Tips On Installing & Using Google Fonts

Tips & Tutorial | Admin | Updated: 2013-07-15

Tips On Installing & Using Google Fonts

For those who don't know - Google Fonts is a set of web fonts, provided by Google, which may be used in HTML pages for an eye catching appearance. There are over 600 such standardized fonts, which are not only web-safe but also are compatible with all kinds of programs. Above all, the Google Fonts are completely open source, which basically means that users are free to download & install them on their computers without having to worry about any licensing infringement.

Advantages of Using Google Fonts

Using the Google Fonts is an easy way to make your website stand out from the rest of the competition. The beautiful fonts add to the visual appeal of web pages wherever they are incorporated. As mentioned earlier, these Google Fonts are compatible with all kinds of programs. So not only on web pages, these Google Fonts can be easily used with adobe photoshop, PDFs, MS office, & many others.

Installing Google Fonts On Your Computer

Though open source, the Google Fonts first need to be installed on your computer before you can start using them.

  • All Google Fonts are hosted on Google.com
  • Once you get to www.google.com/fonts, you have the choice to either download selective fonts or copy all the fonts locally.
  • To download the whole Google Fonts directory, you would need to use leeching tools. This process will take some time & you will need a good internet connection.
  • The other way which is also faster & more convenient involves only downloading selective fonts which you need to use in your current project. For this, you have to pick out your favorite fonts & add all of them to a collection. Once you are done choosing the best fonts, you can simply click on the Download Collection option.

Once you have installed Google Fonts, you also need to ensure that the fonts are embedded in your web pages (or other documents). This ensures that other users who may not have Google Fonts installed on their computers are able to view your web pages properly.

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