How To Use Google Fonts on your Computer

Hey, Pixels! In this article, I’ll be showing you how to use Google Fonts on your computer. Google Fonts is a free, open-source library of fonts that you can use on your computer or on websites. It’s a great way to get used to using fonts, outside of the fonts that come with your computer, which are also known as system fonts. On the right-hand side panel of the site, you’ll notice that there are a variety of ways you can efficiently filter through all the fonts. This is very helpful since today, there are 877 fonts, and I’m sure this number will increase in time.

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Download & Install Google Fonts

To download an individual google font, first, click the red “plus” icon to select a font, and click the black bar which contains all of your selected fonts. Hover over the download icon, as you can see, there is a notification recommending that you use a font manager called SkyFonts. With SkyFonts you can install and remove fonts via the cloud. Installed fonts can then be used in your favorite design software, like Adobe XD, Sketch, Illustrator and Photoshop, just to name a few.

Now click the “Use SkyFonts” link and it will bring you to this webpage where you can install the app. You can also go SkyFonts.com and download the app. Once SkyFonts has been installed on your computer, you’ll be able to add Google Fonts by clicking “Browse Google Fonts”. You’ll then see all the Google Fonts available for download.

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For this tutorial, I’m going to download a font called “Playfair display”. I’ll search for it and then click the “SkyFonts” button. There are two ways you can add a font: I can add the entire font family, or just the single font style, which in this case is Playfair Display regular. I’ll add just the single font to add it to the SkyFonts manager instantly.

How to Remove a Font

To remove a font, simply open the font manager by clicking the icon in the Apple menu bar, right click on a font > select “remove font”.

Let’s Chat

Leave a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite Google Font or the font you find yourself using time and time again. Personally, I really like Source Sans Pro!

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