Google Docs updated with over 450 fonts

Google Docs was updated Wednesday with more than 450 fonts, which are immediately for use. These new fonts are the same as the ones featured on Google's Web Fonts site for web designers.

Of course, having close to 500 fonts in a long drop-down menu would be quite intimidating, and thankfully that is not what will greet users who wish to check out the new offerings. Instead, you'll be able to peruse a list of the new fonts in a separate window, and add the ones you like to the standard font list in the Document editor. The process is not much more involved than that, and full instructions can be found in the Google Docs Blog post.

In addition to the new fonts, Google Docs was updated with several new handy features.

  • A few more options for inserting images in Docs, including inserting from Google Drive (which finally launched last month), searching for images from the LIFE Photo archive, or taking a snapshot with your webcam
  • Charts in spreadsheets now has support for minor gridlines and options to customize the formats of axis labels
  • Better support for screenreaders in presentations and the addition of NVDA to the list of supported screenreaders
  • Option to set the default page size for new documents by selecting File > Page setup
  • Automatically show bidirectional controls when typing in a language that might use them
  • Many Apps Script improvements

For full notes and other additional details regarding this update, check out the blog post.

Image credit: Google Docs Blog

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Anyone else feel like we are repeating 1992 all over again?

I'm sure graphic designers will be happy and move all their work over to Google Docs with all the fancy fonts.

I can't wait until they get real typography controls, like we had back in the late 1980s in the early DTP days. Maybe in 5 years, crosses fingers... *gag*

Though I guess one has to be careful because if you download the document and you don't have the font on your machine, then it will be defaulted back to.. Arial or something?

The_Decryptor said,
That shouldn't be an issue unless you're using plain text or something, HTML/DOC/PDF all allow embedding the font directly into the file.

HTML doesn't, CSS does, but not across all browsers. Also, .doc is spotty, and I certainly wouldn't rely on it.

Plus, I'm sure Google would prefer you keep this all in house.