What's your Go-To font?

Perhaps not the correct tag/subcategory to be asking this ( though I am asking, specifically, about SfW.)

I’d been meaning to put this out there, but before I could ask I ran across this post which really lit the fire under me: “Which font have you selected as your default font for SfW?”

(Obviously, @Phileosophos and @Mad_Girl_Disease have already given me their answers.)

So, what’s your answer?

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At the moment I’m really into Georgia for its rounded forms. Lexia Dama is also a favourite when I want a square, more severe font.

Hrm. My PC doesn’t have that one (not a Windows standard font, I take it.)

Currently Noto Serif, which is not a preinstalled Windows font as far as I’m aware, but it’s free.

A lot depends on how a font renders on your machine/platform.

I’m running Mint 20.1 on a Dell laptop, and the fonts that render best in Scrivener are the Ubuntu and Segoe fonts. There’s a flavor of Courier that looks decent on this screen as well.


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I’ll tell you, if you promise not to throw rotten tomatoes at me.

Comic Sans MS.

The red-headed step-child of fonts.

I love it!

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I write in the editor in Courier as I like a clean mono spaced font for writing. I tend to use Georgia to output for reading / editing. My favourite (and the one I’d use if I didn’t prefer monospace for writing) is Merriweather. I like both the sans and the serif.

On Mac Adobe Garamond Pro—Adobe Garamond came free with Pagemaker back in the 1990s, then the Pro version free with InDesign which I used until Adobe priced me out … but I still have the fonts and install them on all my machines—for virtually everything in text. If I was using Windows, I’d go for Libertinus Serif, which is very close.


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I’ve used your input to create a subfolder under my Notes folder called Font Samples. I then created a document for each of these fonts I can find with the alphabet in uppercase on the first line, lowercase the second line, “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs back” on the third, and finally the numbers and the name of the font and sample font size on the fourth.

You’ve given me a lot to think about. So, once again, thanks.

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I’m really liking the new Cascadia Code font Microsoft introduced alongside the updated Windows Terminal application.

Well, ok, if we’re going to mention monospaced fonts, I’d like to put in a good word for Victor Mono. Also, see this long-running thread about monospaced fonts: New Writing Font for Monospaced Lovers

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Windows user here: I set my interface to San Francisco as I think it looks much better than Segoe.
As for writing, since I write scripts rather than books, I use the IA Writer collection of fonts which are free of charge.

I downloaded this from one of the free font sites. It was recommended as a good font for my ereader (by mobileread.com). I liked it so installed the font on my laptop so it’s available for other programs.

I have Merriweather, the serif version, on my ereader. It’s a nice tall font, very elegant.

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I like Bookerly, designed at Amazon.

This thread mentioned by @Silverdragon connected me with Courier Prime, and that’s been my go to for drafting in Scrivener ever since. For reading drafts on paper I use TNR. For reading drafts on Kindle I use Bookerly.

We are certainly spoiled with font options. :sunglasses:

Palatino here, though I use different fonts for different things. If I get “stuck” with a certain part of my book, I change the font. Sometimes that helps. :slightly_smiling_face:

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Me, too. I collect monospaced fonts for that… :smiley:

Did I miss where someone banned them from the thread thus far?

Did I break some sort of unspoken social norm?


Nah, but the list to that point had a bunch of (to me) obscure proportional fonts. I own a few… I suppose they have their uses… :wink: but I ignore them until it’s time to put on my publisher hat.

Anyway, I was hesitant to mention my favourite font amidst all that proportional typographic glory. Thanks for breaking the ice!