How to create reference charts for Google Web Fonts

Using different fonts often? Check out this quick way to make reference charts of Google's Web fonts.

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If you've spent any time customizing the appearance of a document in Google Drive, you've probably noticed the vast selection of fonts. Additionally, if you downloaded the fonts to your computer, in addition to the ones that came preinstalled, you might have trouble finding exactly what you're looking for without knowing the name of the font.

For times like this, a reference chart is a superhandy way to save time when looking for a particular font. Luckily, you can make a couple of these charts with just a few steps, as pointed out by the Digital Inspiration blog.

Here's how to get started:

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Step 1: Open a Web browser to https://www.google.com/webfonts

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Step 2: On the left-hand side of the page, adjust the filters so only the types of fonts you want to choose from will appear. You may want only thin sans-serif fonts, or thick handwriting fonts.

The result will be samples of each font that fits your specifications.

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Step 3: Make a reference chart of the font samples.

  • Choice 1: Do a scrolling screen capture.
  • Choice 2: Zoom out on the Web page and take a smaller screenshot.

Now you'll have a handy chart to look at each time you need a new font. This is much faster than testing fonts one-by-one.

 

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