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Four Free Fonts for Microsoft Word

written by: Thursday Bram•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 1/30/2011

Technically, you can use just about any font you download in Microsoft Word. But there are certain fonts that work especially well with Word. Beyond those that come with the program, there are several fonts available for free online.

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    MS Word Fonts

    Are you tired of using the same old font in your MS Word desktop publishing projects and want to add something new? The fonts described below are all ready to be incorporated into Microsoft Word for all your projects.

    If these fonts aren't quite what you're looking for, check out Desktop Publishing: Finding and Using Free Fonts for Windows for a wide variety of additional options that can really spruce up any desktop publishing project.

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    Sanford

    Sanford is a clean serifed typeface. You can use it in just about any document: it will stand out as unique because of the subtle differences from the standard Microsoft Word fonts, like Times New Roman. It's easy to read and can be used in practically any kind of document—it looks particularly nice when incorporated into projects like Word family newsletters.

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    Sanford
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    Goudy Bookletter 1911

    If you want a slightly old-fashioned font that works well with Microsoft Word, consider Goudy Bookletter 1911. This font can be used on any text, but it's especially ideal if you're working on a document that you to add an air of vintage typesetting.

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    Goudy Bookletter 1911
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    Blue Highway

    When it comes to sans serif fonts, a lot of the options that come with Microsoft Word can look pretty much the same. But Blue Highway offers a choice with a professional appearance, that still manages to stand out. Try this font out on flyers, posters, and even business cards when you want to add a bit of style but still want to keep things simple.

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    Blue Highway
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    Selectric

    It's important to have a fixed-width font or two at your disposal if you publishes a lot of documents. Selectric is a great example of a fixed-width font: it has serifs, but they don't change the fact that every letter is exactly the same width. Fixed-width fonts are commonly used to separate certain types of information from the rest of a document: if you're showing the code used to create a program or the data set used to create statistics, setting it in a fixed-width font is an easy way to separate it from the rest of your document.

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    Selectric
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    Finding Other Fonts for Microsoft Word

    If you're thinking about downloading other free fonts to use with Microsoft Word, you will want to check what a font includes. Many free fonts include only letters and numbers — the creator may not even include punctuation marks. But if you want to use a font in Microsoft Word, you'll want those other marks so that you can make sure your document changes fonts correctly.