How to Customize Text Fonts and Styles Displayed in Google Sheets

Being able to customize the fonts and text styles in your Google Sheets is important for making your spreadsheets more visually appealing and easier to read. Here are some tips on how to customize fonts and text styles in Google Sheets.

Changing the Default Font

The default font used in Google Sheets is Arial 11 point. To change it:

  1. Go to Format > Theme
  2. In the Themes panel on the right, click Customize
  3. Under Font, select your preferred default font from the dropdown menu
  4. Click Done to save the changes

Now any new text you type into your spreadsheet will use the new default font.

Changing Fonts for Existing Text

To change the font of existing text in your spreadsheet:

  1. Select the cells containing the text you want to change
  2. Click the Font dropdown menu in the toolbar
  3. Select your desired font

The text will update to the new font. You can also use this method to change the font size, make text bold/italic, change text color, etc.

Using Custom Google Fonts

Google Sheets supports most standard fonts, but you can also add custom Google fonts:

  1. Click the Font dropdown menu
  2. Scroll to the bottom and click More Fonts
  3. Search or browse for the Google font you want to add
  4. Click the font to add it to your list of usable fonts

Now the custom font will be available to use like any other font.

Saving Font Formatting as a Style

If you want to reuse certain text formatting in many places, you can save it as a named style:

  1. Format some text with your desired fonts, sizes, colors, etc
  2. With the text selected, click Format > Styles > Options
  3. Click Save as my style and give your style a name
  4. Click Done

Now the style will be available to apply to any text with just one click.

Using Themes

Themes allow you to change all the fonts and colors in your spreadsheet at once:

  1. Go to Format > Theme
  2. Browse the available themes or click Customize to create your own
  3. Adjust fonts, text colors, cell colors etc to your liking
  4. Click Done to apply the theme

Themes are useful for instantly giving your spreadsheet a visual overhaul.

Formatting Numbers and Dates

To control how numbers and dates are displayed:

  1. Select the cells containing the numbers/dates
  2. Click Format > Number
  3. Choose the number or date format you want from the options

This allows you to display numbers and dates exactly how you want.

Conditional Formatting Based on Cell Value

You can automatically apply certain fonts or styles based on the value in a cell:

  1. Select the cells you want to apply conditional formatting to
  2. Click Format > Conditional formatting
  3. Set rules like “If value is greater than 100, make text bold red”
  4. Format the text how you want under Formatting style

Now text will change automatically based on the value in each cell.

Using Add-ons for More Font Control

There are Google Sheets add-ons that give you enhanced control over text styles and formatting, such as:

  • Paragraph Styles – Create and apply text styles for headings, quotes, lists etc
  • Change Case – Quickly change case formatting (UPPERCASE, lowercase, Title Case)
  • Font Awesome Icons – Insert icons alongside your text

Look in the Google Workspace Marketplace to find more useful add-ons.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Use keyboard shortcuts to quickly apply common formatting:

  • Ctrl/Cmd+B = Bold
  • Ctrl/Cmd+I = Italics
  • Ctrl/Cmd+U = Underline

Learn more shortcuts to help speed up your work.

Best Practices

When working with fonts and styles:

  • Use themes to maintain formatting consistency
  • Limit use of too many fonts and sizes
  • Use styles and conditional formatting for visual organization
  • Ensure important text stands out through size, color, etc

Following best practices will improve the professionalism and readability of your spreadsheets.

In summary, Google Sheets provides powerful tools for customizing the appearance of text in your spreadsheets. Mastering fonts, styles and formatting will help you create more visually impressive and effective spreadsheets tailored to your needs and preferences. Let me know if you have any other questions!