How to change the default font in Google Sheets (2 Easy Ways)

We all have a ‘favorite’ font. Most of us like to use a particular ‘special’ font in every document, spreadsheet, and report.

For example, I’m personally fond of the ‘Georgia’ font, and when in a lighter mood, I like to use ‘Comic Sans’ font (yes, I know a lot of people find it cheesy but I like it).

Most word processors and spreadsheet software come with their own default fonts. Most of the time it is either the ‘Arial’ or ‘Calibri’ font. Every time you create a new document, the default font is selected, until you change it.

Of course, you do have the option to change the font to whatever you like, but for practical reasons, you might want to have a preferred font pre-selected every time you open a Google Sheet.

In this tutorial, I will show you two ways to change the default font in Google Sheets.

Why Change the Default Font in Google Sheets?

Here are some reasons why you might need to or want to change the default font in Google Sheets:

  • You might not like the appearance of the default ‘Arial’ font.
  • Your company might use a particular font as part of its branding.
  • There may be requirements of a particular format or layout for all the documents in your company.
  • You might like to give all your documents and spreadsheets a personalized touch with your own signature font.
  • You might want your documents and sheets to stand out from others.
  • Sometimes changing the default font may help inspire in you a renewed sense of motivation!

Changing the default font helps get your work done quickly so that you don’t have to select your preferred font every time you open a document.

Two ways to Change the Default Font In Google Sheets

If you select the Font option from the Google Sheets toolbar, you will find that the ‘Arial’ font is selected as the default font in Google Sheets.

Default font in Google Sheets is Arial

While it is not possible to permanently change the default font in Google Sheets, it is possible to save a document with your desired default settings and then re-use that document every time you need it.

This will become clearer below… keep reading!

There are two ways in which you can change the default font in Google Sheets:

  • By using Custom Theme settings
  • By using a template spreadsheet

Method 1: Using Custom Theme Settings

Themes are a new addition to the Google Sheets tools. It was provided to help users create their own settings and customize the look and feel of their spreadsheet.

And this means that you can create your own theme with your own default font in Google Sheets. So the next time you use this theme, the font would be what you want it to be.

Below are the steps to create your custom theme and set the default font:

  1. Fire up your browser and open a new Google Spreadsheet.
  2. Click on the ‘Format’ option in the menu.
  3. Select ‘Theme’ from the sub-menu. This will open the ‘Themes’ side panel in the right where you can see the Themes box. In this box, you will see previews for each Theme, that you can quickly select and edit.Click on Format and then click on Theme
  4.  Since we want to customize our own them, click on any theme (except the default ‘Sheets Classic’ theme) and then click on the ‘Customize’ button.Click on the Customize button
  5. You can see options to change the font, text color, chart settings, etc. Select the font that you want to use as your default from the drop-down. In this example, I’ve chosen the ‘Georgia’ font.Select the font that you want to be the default font in Google Sheets
  6. Click on ‘Done’.Click on Done when you have set the font and colors

If you check the font tool now, you will find your chosen font as the selected default.

  1. Save this spreadsheet with the name ‘My Custom Theme’. This theme will have all your customized fonts, colors, styles, and other settings.
  2. Every time you need to use this layout, simply:
    • Open the file ‘My Custom Theme’
    • Make a copy of the file with a new name and use it as any regular Google Sheet.

You will find the default font set to your favorite one!

If you only want to change the default font in Google Sheets, this method may be overkill. The benefit of this method is that it allows you to create a completely new theme and then you can use the same theme over and over. So you can customize the font as well as the text color, chart colors, and hyperlinks.

Method 2: Using a Template Spreadsheet

Templates let you create pre-formatted spreadsheets that you can re-use for creating new sheets. You can create templates with your choice of background colors, fonts, formulae, etc. for different purposes. For example, you can create a template for your budgets, one for your schedules, one for monthly sales, etc.

Every time you need to create your budget for a new month, you can simply open your budget template and enter new data into it, without having to bother about formatting.

Creating a font template is a great way to have a spreadsheet ready with your default font settings. It will add the same settings to new cells that you add to your sheet.

  1. Open a new Google Spreadsheet.
  2. Select all rows and columns by pressing Ctrl+A on your keyboard or selecting the gray square on the top left corner.
  3. Set the font, text color and size to one that you want to use as your default. I’ve chosen the ‘Georgia’ font.
  4. Save this spreadsheet with the name ‘My Font Template’.

Every time you need to use this template, simply:

  1. Open a new file Google Sheet from the template by navigating to File -> New -> from TemplateClick on From Template
  2. Search for your saved template

If you have already set this file as the template, you will see it in the list. In case you haven’t set it as the template, the above steps would open the dialog box where you can submit the Google Sheets document as the template first and then use it after that.

When you open a new sheet with the template, it will have the default font settings that you had set.

What is the difference between a Theme and a Template?

A theme consists of a set of templates. Templates in Google Sheets are pre-made spreadsheets that are built for specific purposes, like budgets, schedules, etc. They may have a pre-set font structure, background color and a pre-set layout for charts, formulae, and highlighted areas.

A theme is a set format that is not necessarily specific to a particular task or purpose. It mainly customizes the look and feel of a spreadsheet with a particular color scheme, default font, and chart styles. Companies often customize their own theme to reflect their branding.

Currently, these are the two ways available on Google Sheets to change the default font settings. 

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2 thoughts on “How to change the default font in Google Sheets (2 Easy Ways)”

  1. Google application settings are so obtuse. Every aspect is somewhat “special”. Google gets in the way of daily productivity. I give them an F.


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