Matthew Humphries, 28 April 2021, PCMag.com
It’s not often that Microsoft changes the default font for its software, but that time has come for Office, and the company wants your help choosing the new default.
As the Microsoft Design Team explains, the default Office font used to be Times New Roman before that was replaced in 2007 with Cailibri. However, Microsoft believes, “it’s time to evolve” and has commissioned five new custom fonts in a bid to find one to replace Calibri.
The five new fonts are Tenorite, Bierstadt, Skeena, Seaford, and Grandview. All will be available in the font menu for Office, but only one can be the default, and Microsoft is asking everyone to have their say via social media. Whichever font is most popular will be the one all Office users see (unless they change the default).
How do you tell Microsoft which font you like best? First, you’ll need to be using a Microsoft product that can take advantage of cloud fonts. Examples include Excel for Microsoft 365, Word for Microsoft 365, and Outlook for Microsoft 365. In any of those apps, navigate to File > Account, select Manage Settings under Account Privacy, and turn on Optional connected experiences to get the cloud fonts added.