Google today announced that it is bringing web fonts to Google Docs. Thanks to this update, you can now use 450 new fonts in your Google documents. These are the same 450 fonts Google already features on its Web Fonts site for web designers. In addition, Google also announced that it added over 60 new templates to its template gallery over the last month, improved support for screenreaders in Docs and added more options for inserting images into documents, including support for Google Drive and webcams. Docs users can now also search for images in the LIFE photo archive and insert them into their documents.
The highlight of this update is definitely the ability to use web fonts in Google documents. Until now, the selection of fonts in Google Docs was limited to standard like Arial, Georgia, Trebuchet, Courier, Verdana and Comic Sans.
Thankfully, the new fonts won’t just suddenly all appear in a long drop-down menu. Instead, you will be able to select the fonts you want to add to your selection one by one.
Here is the full list of recent Google Docs updates:
- Google Drive launched as a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all your stuff.
- There are now a few more options for inserting images in Docs, including inserting from Google Drive, 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
- Accessibility in Docs got better with support for screenreaders in presentations and with the addition of NVDA to our list of supported screenreaders.
- From File > Page setup… you can now set the default page size for your new documents.
- It’s now easier for speakers of right-to-left languages by automatically showing bidirectional controls when you type in a language that might use them.
- Apps Script had many improvements, including
- A new ScriptService for programmatically publishing your scripts and controlling when they run.
- A new function to find the root folder of someone’s Drive.
- An increase in the allowed attachment size in emails from 5MB to 25MB.
- An increase in the size of docs files you can create from 2MB to 50MB.
- There are now over 60 new templates in our template gallery.