Created May 2019
Some people find certain text styles or fonts difficult to read on websites. This article explains step-by-step how to change the fonts in the Google Chrome browser for Chrome OS. However, websites now tell the browser which fonts to use, and these take selections take precedence over your choices.
How to change font in the Chrome web browser
- Select the time in the bottom right corner to open the System menu.
- Select the Settings button.
- In the Settings window, select the menu button.
- Select Appearance.
- In the Appearance section, select Customize fonts.
- On the Customise fonts screen, you can change the default fonts used for Serif, San-serif and Fixed-width styles. If a website hasn’t indicated which fonts to use, or the fonts indicated are not available on your device, the browser will use the fonts you choose here:
- Standard Font: If the website you are visiting has not indicated which font, or font style, to use the browser will use the font you choose here.
- Serif font: These are older style fonts like Times News Roman that have little feet at the top and bottom of the letters. If the website you are visiting only states to use a Serif font the browser will use the font you choose here.
- San-serif font: These are modern fonts such as Helvetica and Arial that are simpler in style than serif fonts and don’t have the feet at the top and bottom of letters. If the website you are visiting only states to use a San-serif font the browser will use the font you choose here.
- Fixed-width fonts: These are ‘monospace’ fonts, such as Courier where the letters, numbers and spacing all have the same width. These fonts are often used for writing computer code. If the website you are visiting only states to use a Monospace font the browser will use the font you choose here.
Note: If this does not work it could be because your computer settings are managed by someone else (an IT department or administrator for example). If so you will need to contact them to access these settings or for help.