Gmail comes with a default font size and font – it’s the same every time you compose an email. However, there are times when you might want to change those.
Maybe you want to add some formatting to an email to make it more readable or scannable for the recipient, or perhaps you just want your email to look a little snazzier.
There are several non-default font and font size options in Gmail. To use them, you can either change your settings to swap the default versions out, or you can use the formatting bar as you type your emails.
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Changing the Default Settings
Step 1. Make sure that you’re logged into Gmail and head up to the Gear icon. You can find this in the top right-hand corner.
Step 2. Click All settings.
Step 3. From there, select the General tab.
Step 4. Find the Default text style section.
Step 5. If you click the first dropdown, you can change the default font that Gmail will use.
Step 6. You then need to click the second dropdown. This will allow you to change the size of the font.
Step 7. Black is the default text color, but if you want to change that, you can do so in the third dropdown menu.
Step 8. If you want to change the font and font size settings, you can do this using the fourth dropdown menu.
Step 9. Click Save Changes, and you’re done.
Using the Formatting Bar
When you have set your defaults, you can still change the font size and font in the formatting bar. This allows you to create better-looking emails.
Step 1. Make sure that you’re logged into your Gmail account and click Compose.
Step 2. Compose your email as you usually would.
Step 3. Highlight the part of the message that you want to change the font and font size of.
On the Formatting bar, simply click the first of the dropdown menus. This will allow you to change the font.
Step 4. To change the font size, simply go to the next dropdown and click the text’s size.
Step 5. If desired, you can also add underlining, bold text, and italic text.
Step 6. When you’re happy with your formatting, simply click Send.
Best Practices for Font Sizes and Font Styles
Set the size of your font based on your content.
If you’re using a lot of paragraphs, you should probably go with something that looks like “normal” text rather than trying to use all caps or some other fancy font style.
Use a consistent font throughout your site.
Although it’s tempting to use a fancy typeface for headings and body text (like this one), it’s better to stick with something that looks nice but isn’t too distracting from the rest of the site.
If you’re going for something more unique, consider using an outline or italic instead of bold or regular weight text.
Pay attention to line length and spacing (or lack thereof).
Line length is another factor that can make your content look much nicer — and easier to read — than if you have long lines of text without proper spacing between them.
In addition, if you have a lot of long passages of text on one page, it can be difficult for users to navigate your site without losing their place in the document — so make sure that everything is laid out coherently!
Always view your Gmail emails on a different device
You’ve probably heard this advice before: always view your email on another device. This is because your settings in Gmail can affect how others see your messages.
For instance, if you have a large body font size but an email has been sent from a phone with smaller text, it will appear small and hard to read.
It’s also important to remember that not every device will display emails in the same size or font style as another device.
If you’re sending out business messages or important correspondence, consider using different settings for mobile vs. desktop vs. tablet vs. laptop users so everyone receives information correctly.
That’s it! Changing fonts and font sizes is super simple and is a great way to make your emails easier to read and look more professional.