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16 Gorgeous Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

16 Gorgeous Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

I have gathered together a nice resource list of stunning web safe fonts that you can use with CSS stylesheets. “Web Safe” fonts mean that they will be extremely common on most versions of Windows, Mac, Linux etc, so they will be viewable by more a less everyone. Along with each font is a preview image of what it looks like, and the raw CSS code that you can copy and paste directly into your own stylesheet to use the font. If you have any others please drop in a comment.

Impact

impact Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Palatino Linotype

palatino-linotype

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Palatino Linotype’, ‘Book Antiqua’, Palatino, serif;
}[/css]

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Tahoma

tahoma Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Century Gothic

century-gothic Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Century Gothic, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Lucida Sans Unicode

lucida-sans-unicode Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Lucida Sans Unicode’, ‘Lucida Grande’, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Arial Black

arial-black Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Arial Black’, Gadget, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Times New Roman

times-new-roman Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Times New Roman’, Times, serif;
}[/css]

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Arial Narrow

arial-narrow

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Arial Narrow’, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Verdana

verdana Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Copperplate Gothic Light

copperplate-gothic-light

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Copperplate / Copperplate Gothic Light, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Lucida Console

lucida-console Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Lucida Console’, Monaco, monospace;
}[/css]

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Gill Sans – as much as I WISH this was web safe, it is not!

gill-sans

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Gill Sans / Gill Sans MT, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Trebuchet MS

trebuchet-ms Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Courier New

courier-new

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: ‘Courier New’, Courier, monospace;
}[/css]

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Arial

arial Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}[/css]

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Georgia

georgia Web Safe Fonts To Use With CSS

[css].classname {
color: #333333;
font-family: Georgia, Serif;
}[/css]
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165 comments

  1. Bjørn

    Nice collection!

  2. Dedé Villela

    I like to use ‘Tahoma’ as sans serif and ‘Georgia’ as serif. Beautiful combination! :)

  3. rubric

    The problem is that a lot of these are not licensed for use as webfonts. So, my impression is, you stand to garner some stern words from the license holders of the fonts you are using.

    • diogo

      I don’t think you need any license for this, since the fonts will only work if they are installed in the viewer’s computer. Or am I wrong?

    • graphic design Melbourne

      Really?
      oh dear..I didn’t even know this- I just assumed that if a font is purchased you automatically have a licence to do as you please…kinda…

    • Francisco Zarabozo

      Technically, you are NOT using any fonts when you design a website. You are only declaring a font name to the browser. When the client opens a website and his computer finds that declaration, then it’s that client’s computer the one using the font to draw the web page in the screen.

      So, no. You are not liable in anyway for declaring whatever font name you want to declare in your HTML code. Only if the client has the font in his computer, then the client will be using it. And, if the client has any font installed that is not licenced for HTML-viewing (which I’m sure is not the case for any font in the world), then it should be the client’s responsibility, not yours.

      • airtonix

        Aren’t these fonts from 1998?

        I think you are a bit confused as to what is being referred to here when the words “license”, “webfont” and “user” are presented.

        The concept being presented is the use of webfonts stored on a webserver and presented to a clients browser as assets to render the page.

        Therefore, “user” is the person legally responsible for running the website. So in this case a user of the license agreement that stipulates acceptable circumstances and limitations of the use of the font, a user of the license.

        You can’t assume most fonts you might have in ~/.fonts or /usr/share/fonts/ would contain a section on webfonts in their license (if you even bothered to store the license)

        However, it’s all roses if you use the google webfonts archive.

        • Grant

          I think if you think that all fonts from Google are going to work beautifully you had better test them first because you may find that some browsers will not render them as well as others.

          Test first.

        • Sparky

          Uhm, no. As the article states:

          “‘Web Safe’ fonts mean that they will be extremely common on most versions of Windows, Mac, Linux etc, so they will be viewable by more a [sic] less everyone.”

          There are zero licensing issues in this case since these are fonts that reside on most systems. This article is not referring to fonts being downloaded by the client from a server.

  4. ChrisR

    Copperplate / Copperplate Gothic Light

    Is that slash in there valid css reference to a font?

  5. Beaver

    You seem to have forgotten Comic Sans, quite possibly the best font ever. Please correct this blatant oversight immediately.

    • Vince D

      Palatino Italic is even more gorgeous than Palitino. It’s scripty and hand written-ish and not just a slanted take the Romans, it is a complete styled set based on classical Italian Renaissance forms… the glyphs are very different. Created by none other than Hermann Zapf… I personally think this italic is hands down his best work. Try it out at a large point size. Yummy@!

    • Kate Payton

      Of course this is a joke!

      Now lets never speak of that horrid font, ever again.

  6. J. Albert Bowden II

    to go along with wedge, if you are pushing web safe, shouldn’t you also be taking standards into account? as in, most serif fonts, in smaller sizes, are not very viewable/accessible on the web. if your intent was to promote the serifs for image replacement, bravo, however you might want to include that in your post.
    lastly, none of these fonts are anything new. i’ve seen this post, numerous times, a few years ago.

  7. TwilighersAnonymous.com

    I agree with Wedge.

    But good try! =)

  8. Wedge

    I appreciate simple resources like this for when I’m explaining the basic constraints of web design – I would have preferred *more* text and fewer images of the fonts.

    If ‘web safe’ there should be no problem in displaying the text using CSS only. I feel this exercise fails by it’s own standards.

    • Poindexter

      I agree, why not put a paragraph of lipsum text below the CSS for each font? If you leave the image people will be able to see if they have the font.

      • graphic design Melbourne

        Yeah I agree with Poindexter’s comment- if there was some lorem ipsum people would have the chance to see if they have the text/font.
        Also, and it may well be a silly question, when you say ‘web-safe’ what do you imply? I cannot help but assume that web-same implies that these fonts are standard and that every computer has them installed as standard fonts and hence can be seen by people?

        PS: I do like the post :)

      • Andy

        I think Gill Sans is one of the best there.

      • 5h4rk

        Great stuff! I didn’t know that Gill Sans is available in Windows. And yeah, it would be nicer if you can throw in a paragraph of real text for each of them.

    • Jeff

      Completely agreed. It was my first thought.

      I would also have liked to see the stats on what OS these fonts came from. I get very wary of seeing “I’ve done research” without seeing the research.

      Great idea for a post. :-)

    • Shawn Bird

      I agree with this, it would be nice to have a website that just showed web safe fonts with various blocks of text.
      You could plug in a block of copy and see it in all the fonts maybe even how it would render in different browsers.
      I suddenly have an urge to create this.

      Any ideas for a domain name?

      • Andy

        fontshowcase.com, typographyfolio.com ?

  9. Webdesignkilkenny

    Wedge is correct – we must practice what we preach!

    In any case most to these are fairly common and I suspect would be known to most of us but tx for reminding us.

  10. Wedge

    Unrelated argument rubric. Web safe fonts are not uploaded or distributed or in any way ‘used’ by the web publisher. These fonts are ‘in’ the surfers’ computers. Licenced to the OS / programs.

  11. Ricardo

    Neither Century Gothic nor Copperplate nor Gill Sans are installed by default in Windows Vista, so those should not be considered safe.

    • Dave Kinsella

      I was thinking the same, at least with appropriate fallback fonts you can use them for some lucky viewers.
      Hard to see how they can be called web-safe though.

  12. John Pitchers

    I agree. Palatino and Gill Sans are not installed on my PC. Definitely not web safe.

  13. devolute

    These are websafe huh? Are you sure you don’t mean “These are fonts your probably safe using on the web, but don’t expect too much really”?

  14. Ryandc

    remove impact from the list, then we’ll talk.

    but seriosuly, not sure how you define web safe for fonts, as a few of those arn’t common to both Mac, PC and linux.
    It’s a hard one to define really… I know the majority of PC users won’t have Gill Sans…

  15. Rob

    And hopefully someday we can include our own customs that automatically install. It’s the year 2009? Are we really still stuck with the basic installed fonts.

  16. Ashely Adams : Sticker Printing

    Indeed a clever idea and intelligently executed. I’ve always been a fan of CSS and have tried to use it extensively. Even I would like to see a paragraph of lorem ipsum. But when you said web-safe fonts, are you sure that these are licensed for use?? I guess some of them are not. Anyways, nice post!!

  17. Heather

    Impact & Times New Roman = As far from gorgeous as anything could be.

    A decent list overall, some issues with the CSS code (i.e. multiple-word font names are sometimes quoted, and sometimes not), and I would drop the adjective “Gorgeous” and maybe call it “16 Mostly Standard Fonts to use on the Web”

  18. Levi Blackman

    I guess I’m kinda a noob…I had no idea you could use things like ‘Arial Narrow.’ Does that type work for any other fonts?

    • Andy

      It really depends if the font is installed on the users system. Theres a handy wordpress plugin that lets you manipulate text into a font and put it in an image.

  19. John

    Thanks for the resource. Sad the criticism has to be so negative from the other people who commented. Keep up the good work! Thanks. Another rss feed for me to read.

    • Andy

      Thanks! Yes, on posts like these its a balanced argument.

  20. SHG

    If these fonts were all “web-safe”, then the examples given would be inline text styled with CSS. They’re not. They’re images.

    Which, of course, just shows how they’re NOT web-safe.

  21. Greg Ferrell

    I should caveat my previous comment to say that i was not implying that the author of this article is a bad web designer, but rather people that only develop for Windows based browsers and assume its OK.

    Props to the author for taking the time and effort to write the article.

  22. Richard

    Hmmmm, can anyone suggest what the fallback for Century Gothic would be?

    I was thinking:

    ‘Century Gothic’, ‘Futura’, ‘Helvetica’, ‘Arial’, ‘Liberation Sans’, sans-serif

    I suppose it’s about how much you care if your website looks completely different depending on which computer you look at it on. Most of these font’s aren’t web safe, e.g. century Gothic not being on Vista or Ubuntu. If you are going to call these web safe then you should provide the full list of alternatives. Even Arial by itself could not be considered web safe, unless you don’t mind the OS picking for you.

  23. Greg Ferrell

    I am going to have to agree with the others here, this article is going to confuse newbies about what “web safe” means.

    If it isn’t present on Windows, Mac, and Linux, its not web safe.

    Windows is not the only platform out there, and only bad web designers pretend like it is.

    Please consider revising this article with correct information about what systems have the fonts by default.

    This list is a good one to bookmark if you are not sure what fonts are good to use on the web.

    • Andy

      Thanks very much for both your comments. Thats a brilliant resource you have linked to, thanks!

      And I design on a mac, and all these fonts work for me in browsers.

      • Ricardo

        See, that’s what we’re talking about. You can call them mac-safe :)

  24. Chad Albrecht

    Thought you would like to know this post is broken in IE8. Looks good in Compatibility mode and Firefox!

  25. Web Page Designers New York

    I agree with u….thanks for sharing this info post.

  26. WhiteSites

    This post is priceless. Thanks for taking the time to make it

  27. Gurkenglas

    Why can’t you Show the real font from CSS and a picture how it should Look like. so everOne could see if his system is displing all Fonts correct.

    greetings from germany

  28. Ernie Smith

    You list Arial but not Helvetica. Why? Helvetica is very common nowadays, especially on Macs. And it’s way hotter, too.

    I use Helvetica Neue for my site, http://shortformblog.com/ (which most Macs have, though Windows is largely left out in the cold).

    Also, may I suggest http://kernest.com/ to you guys? It’s a very nice little attempt at making a wider variety of fonts available via @font-face. And unlike TypeKit, it’s simply an authentication server solution, meaning it doesn’t need Javascript to do its magic. I reviewed it the other night and came back pretty impressed.

    … now if only more browsers supported @font-face.

  29. Patrick Denny

    @Luis Landgrave: The Microsoft Core web fonts are still available. Microsoft has discontinued their availability, but other people have continued to make them available (allowed as per the original licence Microsoft released them under).

  30. Erwin Heiser

    Very misleading article these as several of these fonts are either Mac-only or Windows-only.
    A much better and comprehensive list is this one http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html
    As with all things web, the best option is always to test your stylesheet across browsers and operating systems.

  31. Stemby

    Century Gothic:

    .classname {
    color: #333333;
    font-family: “URW Gothic L”, “Century Gothic”, sans-serif;
    }

    (for Linux/*nix users)

  32. Most Interesting Ideas

    Nice set of CSS

  33. matthew fedak

    Great article, loving your blog theme, but some of these fonts are not common on both macs and pcs. the term web safe is used to describe fonts that are both mac and pc friendly. There is a good tese page here http://www.fonttester.com/help/list_of_web_safe_fonts.html

  34. _ham

    How do you have an an article about web safe font and use images to display the fonts?

  35. Josh

    This is a truly great list of web-safe fonts. Probably the best I’ve seen. My new favorite font is Lucida Sans in italic at larger sizes, but there are some real gems in this list.

  36. Sam

    All right. This article is very miss-leading.

    Fact is that Century Gothic, Copperplate, Gill Sans are not web-safe-fonts. So, whats left then is the normal, standard list of fonts we already know since ages.

    I’m wondering oh, if this list will change in future with maybe more people using new OS systems with more common fonts?

    Would be great to have a web service to see the most common fonts used on the web per system and year and so on….

  37. Mike

    Arial Narrow is not web safe. It’s very common… 86% or higher install rate… but NOT web safe.

    Actually, neither are Gill Sans, Copperplate, or Century Gothic.

    “Web Safe” doesn’t mean “common”… it means “SAFE”

  38. olis

    Great article, thx :)
    Also some nice free fonts http://www.fonts2u.com/

  39. conlon

    I really want to use gill sans on a new website but when I preview both Safari and Firefox don’t recognise it. I definitely have the font on my system. Here’s my CSS I’m really appreciate some help as the design of the whole site will be totally out if I can’t use Gill Sans.
    Any help would be really appreciated.

    .gillclass {
    color: #333333;
    font-family: Gill Sans / Gill Sans MT, sans-serif;
    }

    Welcome to the world of Spirit Warriors.

  40. Tomáš Kapler

    ehm.
    1. why did you not put some example text with real fonts, not just images
    2. define safe: e.g. what about people in 90 % of the world, who use some more that just 128 ANSII chars.
    E.g. something like german umlauf ü, ä, ë … eastern european ?, š, ?, ž, š, ?, ? …I bet that with those fonts settings most user would probably see some scrambled chars :-(

  41. prasad

    quite useful stuff for designers.

    thanks for the information. keep the good work going.

    regards.

  42. Best Web Designing Contest

    Arial black is most safe Font which can be used everywhere while designing a site. I have used that font now and I am going to post the design in a contest running by grafikguru.com

  43. Philippe

    Thanks a lot, it helps a lot. However, could you test them directly into the browser instead of a picture?

  44. Matt

    Great post. Have you tested these in IE and FF? I noticed that Gill Sans doesn’t work within Firefox… are there any of the others that have browser compatibility issues?

    Thanks again for the post!

  45. Gulshan kumar

    Nice info thank’s

  46. alok kumar mistry

    Is Verdana really on everyone’s Pc? Im not sure though I’ve used Verdana in my site after the suggestion from u.

  47. Dani Raykova

    Thank you for the great article. Seems we do not have to stick to Arial and Georgia as web-safe anymore.

  48. Sin Biechele

    Comic Sans MS is web-safe, too.
    Sorry designers ;-)

  49. Muzzer

    Nice fonts, but these are not all web-safe. A web-safe font is one that is pre-loaded on every machine. Copperplate and Century Gothic are not.

    In any case, whether web-safe or not, a font should always be defined in CSS followed by a font-family. That way even if the font is missing or corrupt, the browser will default to an acceptable alternative.

    The CSS for this is define the chosen font first and then follow it with the font family, like this:-

    font-family: “Arial Black”, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

    The browser will try to display Arial Black first, then if it can’t find it will default to the other fonts.

    If you don’t do this and the font is missing, the browser will display the font in the user’s default font setting.

    Courier New, anyone?

  50. weeserFan

    well these days it dosen’t matter if fonts are “web-safe” each font that you see can be used in your site using css
    you just need to convert them to woff fonts (for firefox)
    i found a site that does that and gives you the css code too
    http://orionevent.comxa.com/otf2woff.html
    it can even do it the other way around (helped me when i lost my fonts and had to use the ones on my site)
    http://orionevent.comxa.com/woff2otf.html

    cheers

  51. Gef

    Most of these font’s aren’t web safe. Web safe font’s haven’t changed in the last 10 years. Mostly because people are still using PC’s that have 10 year old OS’s on them (XP).

    To be truly web safe they need to be available on all OS’s, Linux, Mac and PC in the same style. This is why most sites have stuck with them.

    Web safe font’s have also been tweaked to work at small sizes as pixel fonts. Because believe it or not people still use PC’s with no font smoothing enabled (at small sizes).

    There are plenty of alternatives for things like titles or short bits of large text (cufon, sifr etc).

    For body copy, it’s probably best to stick with the true web safe fonts for now. @font-face is the alternative, but you need to have paid licensing on the font and you also need to be very careful of the font you choose, lest you render your entire site unreadable to some people.

  52. Jaemi

    It could just be me, but I would never put Courier New or Times New Roman on a list of gorgeous fonts. Generally speaking, I wish I could get them off my computer.

    This is part of my I’m so glad @font-face will be a wide-spread option soon, and that Google Font API and FontSquirrel @font-face kits makes it so easy.

  53. Constant Collide

    Love using Palatino as a body text and Arial Black as headers. Great list and even beter is that we don’t have to stick with Verdana, although Muzzer has a great point about not every machine having them.

  54. Shangiedangie

    “Copperplate Gothic Light” doesn’t read with Firefox just for further reference.
    However thank you for sharing.

  55. film

    Very useful post thank u

  56. Jason Spencer

    FYI – Windows 7 does not ship with Century Gothic. I just learned that the hard way, and am seeking an alternative font.

  57. Johan

    Thanks

  58. sean

    hey.. dont be hatin’ on Courier New… you can’t appreciate it’s retro fixed-width charm? I can almost hear the front-strikes now…

  59. patricknas

    I agree with Jaemi, these fonts are not gorgeous. These fonts are common fonts. As a graphic designer i only use verdana and georgia, i can live with these fonts. And they appear to be on (almost) every computer. I really want to use Typekit (http://typekit.com) so you can use the fonts you like and save for the web too.

  60. Sux2b

    I’m a little confused by this article. You are talking about web safe fonts but you display the fonts using images. How safe can they be if you have resorted to using them in images instead of simple HTML. Could it be that they are not web safe and that they really don’t look very nice at all.

  61. Nic

    I’ve found the list here ( http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html ) to be incredibly useful info about web-safe fonts. It only covers fonts which will always work and even provides a comparison of browser visual differences!

  62. Website Design Delhi

    Century Gothic is my all time favourite in this list. Thank for sharing them :)

  63. Luis Lopez

    Dude thats a cool article, I have a list of fonts within Mac, WIndows and Linux by default and a Statistic of fonts that may have the users.

    Just one thing, by now I can’t see the shortcode [css] working on you ;) fix that.

  64. Rydgel

    Dude. Where is Comic Sans MS ??
    j/k

  65. James

    Some nice fonts there but as others say, not all truly ‘web-safe’ in that they are not available on some OSes.

    http://code.google.com/webfonts is a great way to be web-safe into the future, and it has some good fonts available.

  66. PlrSifu

    Some of these font family combinations dont work, im viewing it in IE8 and FF3.3,

    especially the Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, Sans Serif Combo

  67. WebDesignPrint

    Great article, although as most people pointed out, some of these fonts don’t really work in certain environments, not to mention that it would be safer to add more alternatives to the font-family code.

    James, thanks for the link, I will check google fonts and see how they work.

  68. internet media

    Hi..
    excellent feature… …you have mention very important message about font-family..this is very informative..

    Thanks for suggested link….

  69. Richie Bianco

    Thank you. I respectfully disagree about Century Gothic.

    I turn all my web clients away from Century Gothic, it is not standard on Windows, especially Windows 7. The company that owns the Century Gothic Typeface has done a good job getting all the free versions off the web so that they can stick you for $30.

  70. Lisa

    Gill Sans works if the name is put in inverted comma’s ie. “Gill Sans”. I’m sure this is what needs to be done with any font with two words or more.

  71. Brett Widmann

    Very nice list. I also like to use Lacuna

  72. Kate

    This is a great list. Eventhough all of the fonts aren’t truly websafe, they are pretty close. And they all can be beautiful (TG no Comic Sans on this list – tacky!) if used in the right way and make sense with the branding. I don’t love Century Gothic, but I work on a lot of children’s branding/sites, and it fits very well in that market. Times new Roman can be very beautiful and sophisticated if you play with the spacing and/or use all caps. And courier new in all lower case is awesome for a vintage look. Check out Anthropologie (one of my fave sites) – even they use it – LOVE!

    One more note – Lacuna is free, but it isn’t websafe. Fun font, though!

  73. Brixter

    I don’t think you have to be careful with those fonts that is not common on certain OS. I usually include multiple fonts like:

    font-family:Arial,Verdana,Lucida Console,Arial Black, Impact, Verdana, Tahoma, Georgia

    that’s that.

  74. Brixter

    Font-Family is not just for specifying Font Families, you can also use it for instance if you want two different fonts like Verdana and Georgia. So if the your browser doesn’t support verdana(or you deleted your computer font for verdana), the browser will get the second font which is Georgia. It’s a fallback feature.

  75. Darrell

    “Web safe” and “extremely common” are two entirely different things.

    Referring to Gill Sans, a proprietary font, as “web safe”, is, to be charitable, inaccurate. Other fonts mentioned are likewise not universal.

  76. Kate

    Brixter is correct – setting default fonts is a great way to use a common font you love, but have a websafe back-up. Just make sure you check your site with the default font to make sure it looks good – ie. spacing, size, etc.

    Lisa, I wish that were true about using “”, but unfortunately it doesn’t work that way. A font must be installed on the OS to work. The only alternative method I know of is to use jquery script which installs the font on the server, and therefore allows you to use any font you want, without having to compromise text content. Haven’t used it yet, but i am working on a site in Gill Sans right now (love this font), and I think I might give it a try because I cant find a default websafe font I love for this one.

  77. Web designer kent

    Good post, I’ve a passion for typography and get frustrated with the media constraints I have to work with (cross browser tests, IE6, Mac & PC screen resolutions). But thankfully it’s getting better. thanks for sharing.

  78. Brochures Company

    You consider Arial and Verdana gorgeous fonts for the web? There has to be a couple more beautiful than those two. They might be better suited for the 16 most common fonts list. When I design brochures or business cards, I never use Arial or Verdana. Just too boring.

  79. Gerlach Firm

    Thank you, this would be a quick reference for my customers to look at while deciding on a font if they dislike what i choose for them.

  80. Michael Merrill

    Funny how all the examples of the fonts are imgs and not text lol

  81. Ben C

    Arial Narrow shouldn’t be on this list. It is supplied with Mac OSX and Microsoft Office from 2003 onwards, plus some versions of Works, but nevertheless most Windows users will not have it on their systems. The same goes for Linux, although some systems may have Liberation Sans Narrow, which is said to be a close equivalent.

  82. Courtney

    Gil Sans is not web safe. Wish it was!

  83. kike314

    Great article, but, as says Jaemi don’t forget about Font Squirrel. It’s amazing!

  84. mikeo

    not to be a pain but how is this news. most of these have been “websafe” for quite some time. a few are not installed on all machines but that being said if you have a good font stack there really shouldn’t be any issues.

  85. Mohamed Alaa

    Wowww very nice collection :) and Amazing Article…

  86. Mr.Mark

    Great list! I’m using it all this time already to reference for web-safe fonts. Though I found that Gill Sans is not web-safe. I only comes with the MS Office package. So if you don’t have that installed, it wouldn’t work for you. I wouldn’t consider that one web-safe then.

  87. John Ryan

    Glad to here that “IMPACT”is a web safe font. I’m always using it in photoshop and should look great on a web page.Thanks

  88. Brett Nimphius

    This only applies to desktops, mobile phones on ios as well as ipad do not not allow some of these fonts. Something to keep in mind especially these days where we need to build for mobile as well as desktop viewports.

  89. Shif

    check google web font api, and the css3 new @font-face, they are really good alternatives for good looking fonts

  90. Mike Bethany

    I love Gill Sans when I’m feeling a little Helvetica overload.

  91. Litmus Design

    Hey great post!! Yes my favorite font also included i.e. Trebuchet MS. I also like Calibri.

  92. sloughin

    Tried your copperplate css to no avail. The font sample is a .png image, so you’re not actually styling this list to show samples.

    The error I’m seeing (in FireFox) w/FireBug is:
    Expected end of value but found ‘/’. Error in parsing value for ‘font-family’. Declaration dropped.
    font-family: Copperplate / Copperplate Gothic Light, sans-serif;

    So it apparently doesn’t like the “/” in the font name.

  93. sloughin

    So searching around a bit and trying things out, I find that this works nicely:

    font-family: “Copperplate Gothic Bold”, sans-serif;

    as does this:

    font-family: “Copperplate Gothic Light”, sans-serif;

  94. John

    Gill Sans is NOT a web safe font! You are misinformed.

    • Ron James

      @ John Gill Sans is not a web safe font but it is a best font for website, you can use it using @font-face trust me use it in your next design.

      • John

        Hi Ron
        “web safe” refers to fonts that can be used on all platforms.
        I had a go but @font-face doesnt work for all browsers and all platforms. Wish it did though!

  95. Discount Dresses

    I personally really like Georgia,
    it is so beautiful for articles

  96. Marty Walser

    Many of these are NOT web safe fonts. I mean, Copperplate? Seriously? Here is the real list of safe fonts:

    Serf:
    Georgia
    Palatino
    Times

    Sans-Serif:
    Arial
    Arial Black
    Impact
    Lucida Sans
    Tahoma
    Verdana
    Trebuchet MS

    Monospace Fonts:
    Courier New

    Face it – web safe fonts are dull. You can use the one noted above, but they are bound to default to one of the true “safe” fonts specified in the front stack.

  97. Karolin

    Wow, these fonts are great. That is exactly what I was looking for. I will definitely use them for my websites. Thanks.

  98. MissCmei

    is arial narrow a web safe font? seems like it does not work in IE

  99. Endy

    this is what i looking for….
    using safe fonts is better than using font directory…

  100. Adal

    Awesome page… I use it as a reference for myself and my clients all the time.

    Just one thing should be corrected: your CSS examples all use ‘ instead of ‘ which makes the CSS corrupt. Easy fix.

  101. Sourav Chakraborty

    Arial Narrow is *most probably* web safe but unfortunately google preview generator does not support this. So, it generates a wrong preview if you use this font.

  102. Petr Chutný

    This is very handy, thank you!

  103. Mary Baum

    A few of the fonts in this post get their web-safe cred by being included with Office applications, so it’s a better-than-even shot that a given user has installed them either by not paying attention in the course of the Office install or by paying attention and opting for the fonts. So whether a given typeface is web-safe or not depends on whether the audience segment in the aggregate likely installed the fonts with Office.

    So then the question is: where are you going to use a half-web-safe font?

    I think for the back of the stack you want truly web-safe fonts. For the front of the stack, why bother with these when you’ve got @font-face? Those give us TRULY gorgeous type.

    Fifteen years was a very long time with the six or seven web-safe faces (Comic Sans does NOT count).

    I frankly hope never to spec any of those for the front of a font stack ever again, unless they’re part of a client’s actual brand. And then we’ll probably use the real typeface – not the web-safe, lame substitute.

    Now, again, to be clear, I’m talking about the front of the stack – the place where we spec what’s going to happen in modern browsers on computers that were built in the last five years.

  104. Stewart

    Some great fonts, thanks for sharing

  105. Alan

    Thanks for the great selection of fonts. I was having trouble making up my mind on which one to use.

  106. Matej Latin

    Thanks for this collection.. now I can use these as a replacement for some similar fonts tha I’d have to import using the font-face. Reducing the website size in kb is always a good idea :)

  107. Peter

    Nice article! The thing is that some of these font work only on mac, others only on PC… there should be a 100% cross-platform and cross-browser way to implement these fonts…

  108. Satriyo

    Usefull for me, thanks :)

  109. Jai Catalano

    What font are you using?

  110. Mary

    Thanksw so much, especially to all those that left comments. I’m a true newbie to css and appreciate hearing from the vets. I’ll take any tips I can get. Now, are you sure I can’t do my entire site in Comic sans?
    ;)

  111. jyoti wadhwa

    I like your combination and i m also want to use these fonts .

  112. Joel Milne

    These fonts look much better on your site than on mine!!

  113. Mahek

    i’m using ‘Century Gothic’ in body, font for my moodle theme but it’s not working other’s system .i want to know this is web font or not and some solution please

  114. sean

    If you install a font you have either bought it or obtained a free font – there are no legal problems with the use of this as the CSS code is merely calling the font from the user’s computer. No issue at all.
    If you want your web design to look pretty much the same in each browser, then you roughly need to stick to Arial, Georgia, Impact, Times, Times New Roman, Verdana, Courier New – & add either sans serif or serif at the end of your line of code as a last resort default font.
    Remember that using a font that is not generic will potentially throw up problems with the actual space that the text takes up on a site as the browser hunts for a replacement font to use.

  115. Fact Stash

    Nice! but I want to put unique fonts on my site. like handwriting font for example. Should I upload the font and link it to my css?

    your answer is very appreciated!

  116. Digital Extreme Media Group

    Thanks for all the info, I cant belive all the fonts that are out today. Nice website too!

  117. FurryMoses

    Century Gothic is not on my Mac, it’s only installed if you have Microsoft Office.

  118. Oliver

    Hi, thanks for the list, really great. Although Gill Sans isn’t completely safe. It comes with newer versions of windows and most mainstream software, adobe programs, microsoft office etc.

  119. Jose Tapia

    Cool thanks very helpful

  120. Kay Bee

    I’m glad I read the comments. Relatively new to design work, but I absolutely love Gill Sans but knew it was a Mac font and probably wasn’t safe. Thanks to all the people who are seasoned you guys help us newbie not make silly mistakes.

  121. Ian Joess

    My fav is Georgia for sure. So clean. Might try i tout on our site

  122. Rafael

    Perfect! Thanks soo much :D

  123. lalit

    thanks for sharing. tips for fonts…

  124. shahed

    Thanks for your information..i like ‘Palatino Linotype’, ‘Book Antiqua’, Palatino, serif; font family..

  125. Mahin

    Collection is good. :)

  126. shamvil

    This is a truly great list of web-safe fonts. Probably the best I’ve seen. My new favorite font is Lucida console in italic at larger sizes. Thanks for this post.

  127. Wine Dine

    Have used Georgia on http://winedinedaily.com , however it did have some browser issues with display.

  128. Wine Dine

    Trebuchet has become a favorite for some time.

  129. charles

    Hm is this really correct?
    ” font-family: Gill Sans / Gill Sans MT, sans-serif;”

    I don’t think the ‘/’ could be used here..?

  130. henrihenry

    webmasters please stop messing with de black font color, 333 does NOT read better, in fact it reads worse !!!!!!

  131. rakesh kumar

    I am more than happy to find out these set of fonts for my website/blog theme, Since i am very much concern about my theme speed, so it is a must for me to load looking web safe fonts, I do not want a font from google api. to render the desired results. Thank you very much for this nice collection of fonts

  132. classified ads

    I like Georgia font!

  133. IJRITCC International Journal

    Thanks for share such a useful posts. These fonts are really very useful for embedding with CSS. Keep it up.

  134. Fooont.com

    Great articles! It’s very help when you need to choose perfect combinations of typeface. But if you want an easy way to use Google Font combinations you may see at fooont.com. Thanks a lot!

  135. mahmood

    these are very useful. Thanks a lot.

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