Web-Safe Fonts for the Web

 To assure that a website is rendered consistently and correctly, it is a best practice to use web-safe fonts. Below is a list of fonts used by the majority of website on the web.

FontPlatformCSS info
andalemono msie MSIE

[Bold, Italic] Originally named Monotype.com

font-family: "Andale Mono", "Monotype.com", monospace
applechancery blue_apple_logo Mac

Also named Zapf Chancery on older Macs (and some Win PCs).

font-family: "Apple Chancery", "Zapf Chancery", cursive
arial msie MSIE

[Bold, Italic] Very similar to Helvetica.

font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
Arial Black msie MSIE

Less common than Arial. Do not use it with a bold font-weight; it’s bold enough already!

font-family: "Arial Black", sans-serif
capitals blue_apple_logo Mac

Not on pre-1999 Macs

font-family: Capitals, serif
charcoal blue_apple_logo Mac

Mac system font (for menus, dialog boxes, etc.) since 1999. It will be very familiar to Mac users at 12 points, but also works well in headlines (without bold).

font-family: Charcoal, Chicago, sans-serif
chicago blue_apple_logo Mac

[Italic] Former Mac system font, replaced by Charcoal. Still present on every Mac ever made.

font-family: Chicago, Charcoal, sans-serif
comicsans msie MSIE

[Bold, Italic] An informal font designed to be easily legible on screen. Believe it or not, this is the default cursive font for Internet Explorer.

font-family: "Comic Sans MS", cursive
blue_apple_logo Mac

Windows-icon Win

[Bold, Italic] Courier is the most common monospace (typewriter-style) font. The Mac version of Courier (top left, shown at 18 points) is scalable; the Windows version (bottom left, 15 points) is not. Therefore the scalable "Courier New" is preferred, as it is usually available on both Mac and Windows.

font-family: "Courier New", Courier, monospace
couriernew msie MSIE

[Bold, Italic] See discussion under Courier

font-family: "Courier New", Courier, monospace
geneva blue_apple_logo Mac

[Bold, Italic] A Mac system font since 1984. Its appearance resembles Arial and Helvetica; its function is similar to MS Sans Serif (icon names on the Desktop, etc.).

font-family: Geneva, "MS Sans Serif", sans-serif
georgia msie MSIE

[Bold, Italic] Designed by Microsoft for WWW use, Georgia is a traditional looking font with “old-style” numerals.

font-family: Georgia, serif
helvetica blue_apple_logo Mac

[Bold, Italic] A Mac system font since 1984. On the Web, Helvetica is usually paired with the nearly identical (and more common) Arial.

font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
impact msie MSIE

Less common than other MSIE fonts such as Arial. A very heavy, black font, good for headlines. Weight and width are sort of like Techno.

font-family: Impact, sans-serif
msgothic Windows-icon Win

Monospace system font dating back to Windows 95. Best at 12 pixels and under.

font-family: "MS Gothic", monospace
mssansserif Windows-icon Win

Windows system font, used for dialog boxes, etc. Best at 12 pixels and under.

font-family: "MS Sans Serif", Geneva, sans-serif
mssansserif Windows-icon Win

Windows system font. Best at 12 pixels and under.

font-family: "MS Serif", "New York", serif
newyork blue_apple_logo Mac

[Bold, Italic] Mac system font: similar in appearance to Times Roman, similar in function to MS Serif. By using a combination of font settings, you can include Mac and Windows fonts for your font preference

font-family: "New York", "MS Serif", serif
palatino blue_apple_logo Mac

A nice serif font, present on all Macs and fairly common on PCs (with office software suites).

font-family: Palatino, serif
tahoma Windows-icon Win

Tahoma does have the advantage of being present even on very old Windows PCs.

font-family: Tahoma, serifSansSerifMonospace
techno blue_apple_logo Mac

Not on pre-1999 Macs

font-family: Techno, Impact, sans-serif
Windows-icon Win

A non-scalable, monospace system font used for the DOS or “command-line” interface. Terminal looks very different at different point sizes. Shown here are 9, 12, and 14 points.

font-family: Terminal, monospace
textile blue_apple_logo Mac

Not on pre-1999 Macs

font-family: Textile, cursive
times blue_apple_logo Mac

Because some PCs have non-scalable fonts named Times, it is common to lead with the scalable, nearly ubiquitous MSIE font Times New Roman instead. Times is noticeably more compact than Times New Roman, so it can be too small to read on screen.

font-family: "Times New Roman", Times, serif
timesnewroman msie MSIE

This is by far the most common serif font on the Web. It is the default serif font in most browsers.

font-family: "Times New Roman", serif
trebuchetms msie

A sans-serif font designed (like Verdana) for legibility on screen.

font-family: "Trebuchet MS", sans-serif
verdana msie

Possibly the most readable of the sans-serif fonts commissioned by Microsoft for on-screen use. However, Verdana shouldn’t be used side-by-side with same-sized serif fonts, because Verdana will appear one or two sizes larger.

font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif