How to set a default font for Gmail?

Every time I write an email from my Gmail account, I prefer the Comic Sans font for my message instead of the default one which is Sans Serif. This means every time I start composing an email I have to change the default font.


I came across on the internet, a neat feature which allowed me to change the default font I had with Gmail.

Change default font in Gmail

  • The new feature has to be enabled under the Labs section within settings for Gmail. In the Labs section you need to look up Default Text Styling and select Enable along with saving the changes (see image below).

Gmail >> Settings >> Labs

  • Now ย after you have saved the changes, Gmail goes back to your Inbox. Again click on Settings and under the General tab you can see a new option enabled for changing the default font within Gmail (see image below).


  • Select the font from the drop down menu and again save changes. This way you can change the default font you have on Gmail.

Hope you liked this and let me know your thoughts on default fonts with Gmail through your comments. ๐Ÿ™‚


Lucifer@Blog Contests December 3, 2009

Hey thnx for this update…it becomes pretty boring to change the font each time when you write a mail…

VISHAL December 4, 2009

Thanks for the tip ๐Ÿ™‚

Aditya Kane December 4, 2009

I know the default font is far too professional and I prefer to have something different. Glad you guys liked the update. ๐Ÿ™‚

Dee December 11, 2009

Hi Aditya, I can’t seem to get it to work for me (?) Might it have something to do with the “Remove Formatting”? I’m unclear about that part. Is that done in the settings? Thanks.

Aditya Kane December 12, 2009

Just enable the feature in the labs sections and save settings.
Then go back to your inbox. After that back to settings and general. Change the font and save settings.
Then go ahead and compose your email in the new font which is default. ๐Ÿ™‚ hope it works for you and let me know.

Maia January 24, 2013


Glenn Gillette January 6, 2010

Now if I could only get my signature in my favorite typeface as well …

Anonymous August 6, 2010

@Glenn Gillette
There is another option right on the same settings page, in the tab General, and if you keep scrolling, there is a box for “Signature.” The font, formatting, and color, along with the actual content will become your signature. My default font for my signature is Verdana. Hope I was able to help you, and let me know how things went!

Benjamin January 6, 2010

Thanks for the tip. Is there a way to make the email signature the same font as the one I changed to?

Example: my preferred font is verdana but the email signature remains sans serif.


Anonymous August 6, 2010

There is another option right on the same settings page, in the tab General, and if you keep scrolling, there is a box for โ€œSignature.โ€ The font, formatting, and color, along with the actual content will become your signature. My default font for my signature is Verdana. Hope I was able to help you, and let me know how things went!

Maia January 24, 2013


Right above the signature box, you can choose the font.

Subhas Dutta February 26, 2010

Every thing is okay , however in this case you will not get full range of font style. You will get some limited No. styles which you may not like. Is there any way to use full range of font style.

Joy March 19, 2010

You have made my life much easier. Thanks for taking the time to post this information.


Aditya Kane March 19, 2010

ur welcome Joy.

IanR May 14, 2010

Thanks for the tip, I’ve done all of the above but it’s still not defaulting to my selection (verdana), even though when I go back into the ‘default text settings’ option it says verdana? I’m using Firefox, could this have anything to do with it?

Gagandeep Singh June 17, 2010

thanks a lot for the steps you have provided
good job done

david July 27, 2010

this was a great help…WOW…thanks a bunch

Anonymous August 6, 2010

However, mine says “Remove Formatting first” Why is this? Is this only available on Firefox Browsers? I am using Google Chrome. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dirk August 11, 2010

Very nice, but being able to send messages in by default, is rather useless.

How do I see my received email in a font other than that dictated by gmail?

Inn0wayal00f August 23, 2010

Thanks for posting so long ago, been bugging me and I decided to google, appreciate you taking the time.

Aditya Kane August 23, 2010

happy it helped you out..

Stephan September 7, 2010

Comic Sans is the most misused font in the world! I canโ€™t understand how people actually like it and even worse continue to bother others with the use of this font.


Stephan September 7, 2010

Oh but nevertheless: Thanks for sharing with us how to change the default font. ๐Ÿ™‚

Aditya Kane September 8, 2010

you are welcome. I agree even though I like using Comic Sans for persona mails it is surely not advisable to be used for anything remotely professional or formal.

Nirav Dave December 16, 2010

Aditya man!

Thank you so much for this post! I have been looking for this for ages. Keep up the good work!

Aditya Kane December 16, 2010

Thank you Nirav.

Tim Kohlbeck January 18, 2011

Thank you very much. This was a big help to me. If i could I’ve give you a hug.

yamskii February 7, 2011

thanks! it help me a lot and is effective.. wee!

Marilyn February 19, 2011

Thank you SO much. I have been waiting for this for a long time!

Aditya Kane February 19, 2011

you are welcome, glad it helped you out.

Ignatiues March 8, 2011

Thank you so much, you saved a lot time from doing redundant/repeated things whenever we send a mail, Thanks and good stuff..

Aditya Kane March 9, 2011

you are welcome Ignatiues, welcome to devils workshop.

Vince March 10, 2011

I have to say Thanks a thousand time to you, Aditya. You know there are some tips people do not know how to change to suit their expectations (So do I :). And this is really a good article.

Aditya Kane March 10, 2011

You are welcome Vince, glad the post helped you out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anoo March 22, 2011

Hi Aditya,

Thanks thanks thanks thanks…:) I can’t even stop saying thanks yaar,

Lots of thanks for the information:)

Aditya Kane March 22, 2011

Thanks for the comment Anoo, Glad to know this post helped you out.

Tapas March 28, 2011

It really helps, thanks.

Aditya Kane March 28, 2011

Thanks Tapas. Welcome to Devils’ Workshop.

Floyd April 3, 2011

Thank you for the lesson! I was so sick of changing the font for each email. I happy now!

Aditya Kane April 3, 2011

Glad it helped you out Floyd. ๐Ÿ™‚

satya dasaraju June 2, 2011

Exellent !!!!!
Thank you very much for sharing

amenu June 11, 2011

Hey, this feature is not available on my g-mail page, though I am on standard view. I mean, Lab is not available and default text styling option for enable and disable are not available. Every time I have to format, which is boring. Please help,

amenu June 14, 2011

Oh, thank you friends, finally i have come up with the solution. Now I am enjoying with the default formatting.
Many thanks,

Cat June 18, 2011


Bee June 30, 2011

First thank you for clarifying!
Why would google make something so simple complicated to the average joe? makes no sense! lol

Is there any way to apply formatting when you “reply” to the email? I deff got it to work when creating a new one…

Pitroda Rupesh June 30, 2011

Thanks For This i will use it for my personal use…

mazahar July 3, 2011

thanks for the information..was quite useful

caroline July 20, 2011

thank you so much. I have read 10 other answers on different websites, this is the first well explained one. However I would really recommend not to use comic sans …

m August 4, 2011

can we get some additional fonts, like calibri?
alternatively, can we copy/paste our desired font into the box and use that as the default?

SD August 27, 2011

Thanks for this information! I just knew gmail had to have a way to set the font to what I want. It’s crazy to have to change it every time I write a message. Thanks again!

Else November 25, 2011

Perfekte!!! vielen Dank:-)

Steve December 20, 2011

Great. been trying for ages to change this.
Good easy to follow instruction.

Chris February 1, 2012

Very helpful. Thank you!

Vivek Mishra February 23, 2012

Thanx……… It works fine.

Pritam February 24, 2012

Thanks !!! exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for posting.

Nicole May 25, 2012

Found this through a Google search. You’re a lifesaver. THANKS!

Denise Dutcher July 23, 2012

Thanks for the helpful hint. ๐Ÿ™‚

Vishal September 13, 2012

Thank you !!!

Dave December 13, 2012

Thanks…. really it was painful to set Tahoma font each time.

it worked perfect!!!

balamurugan January 2, 2013

thanks for ur useful hints.

Yossi January 22, 2013

Thank you,this is great! Gmail is a great email account to work with!

Sammi February 13, 2013

Gmail is starting to get so obnoxious it isn’t as cool. Thank you for this fix. I upgraded my OS and suddenly every piece of software went nanners with the fonts. gmail suddenly ignored my chrome settings and decided to make everything bold type. I guess better than the “cleanvertizing” font safari went for. :/ I think Google has gotten so big that bored low level people find pointless ways to force “improvements” on users just to justify their jobs. With gmail having as much power in it as it has we ought to be able to be really individual with it… but nooo… that would get us sent to re-education camp.