Haven’t you yearned for more font choices in Gmail? Sometimes, I feel that Google could have provided us with more choices than the default 11 fonts. The standard fonts look good when used for business communication, but it’d be better if we could use any font we want for personal emails.
Another common problem with default Gmail font is the size, which might sometimes look too small. I had always wanted to use my own font settings and now after some research, I found out the easiest way to use any font in Gmail. It can be done by a simple trick and once you set it, you’re good to go. Here’s how to change the default Gmail font and use just about any font you want in your emails.
1. Turn on Canned Responses
Canned Responses is a Gmail Labs feature which lets users insert the same text in different mails. The whole thing works like an automated message which saves time from repeatedly writing the same phrase over and over again. Enable this feature by going to Gmail settings->Labs tab->Canned Responses->Enable and then save changes.
2. Select your font
Open Microsoft Word or any other document editor and choose a font type (font, size and colour) which you’d like to use in your emails; say 15pt Monotype Corsiva in black. Then, type some sample text say, Hello World using the new font settings. Hit Spacebar a few times after the sample text and press Enter before and after the phrase to achieve the effect seen in the screenshot below.
Select and copy the sample text along with white space before and after the phrase by pressing Control+A and Control+C.
3. Create your canned response
Go to Compose Mail in Gmail, and paste the copied text (press Control+V). Now, you’ll need to save the newly inserted canned response by clicking on the canned responses drop-down menu (below the subject box) and selecting Save > New canned response.
Give the canned response a convenient and memorable name. I used the font name for the canned response name i.e. Monotype Corsiva.
4. Use your custom font in a new email
Now, you can use the font style you just created in a new email. Click on canned responses and select the newly created font by clicking on Insert->Monotype Corsiva. This will make your sample text appear and typing along with it will use the same font in the canned response, providing you with an alternative to the default gmail font!
Using this, you can always compose emails to your friends in your desired style. Adding new fonts using Canned Responses might seem troublesome in the beginning, but once they are added, it’s a walk in the park. After this, your personalised emails will look unique and different and might just catch someone’s attention!