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Use Safe Fonts Available on All Systems in PowerPoint

Learn about using safe fonts in PowerPoint.


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OS: Microsoft Windows XP and higher






Did you use your favorite fonts in PowerPoint (left slide in Figure 1), and then discovered that when you moved the presentation to another computer, the fonts were substituted with another font (right slide in Figure 1)? Worse, even this change is not predictable. You may find that the font change behavior is not consistent, and the same font may be substituted completely differently on a third computer!

Substituted Font
Figure 1: Substituted Font

Did the change of font result in an ugly slide? Do you want to know why this change happened? And how you can get over this problem? In this tutorial, we will explore answers to these questions. We will also look at a list of safe fonts that you can use in your presentations, and be reasonably sure that they will work on another system.

So what exactly are safe fonts? Safe fonts are fonts installed as part of:

  • Microsoft Office: Microsoft’s Office installations install several fonts on the host system on both Windows and Mac computers.
  • The Operating System: Both Microsoft Windows and Mac OS install a subset of fonts that are common to both operating systems.

If you use fonts that are part of the above installations, you can be reasonably sure that others viewing the same presentations on other computers will be able to see them with the same fonts.

Alternatives to Safe Fonts

There are several alternatives to safe fonts. These options are explained in our Alternatives to Safe Fonts page.

Here is a list of fonts installed by various Office versions. Do note that some fonts may not be installed with any version of Microsoft Office, but they are still available since they are part of the Microsoft Windows and/or Mac OS X operating systems. Also, note that fonts highlighted in blue below are considered to be safe fonts:

 
2007 Win
2010 Win
2013 Win
2016 Win
2008 Mac
2011 Mac
2016 Mac
Agency FB
Regular, Bold
Y
Y
         
Aldhabi Regular     Y        
Algerian Regular Y Y          
Andalus Regular     Y        
Aparajita Regular,
Bold, Bold Italic, Italic
    Y
       
Arabic Typesetting
Regular
    Y
       
Arial
Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Arial Black
Regular, Italic
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Arial Narrow
Regular, Bold, Bold Italic, Italic
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Arial Rounded MT
Bold
Y
Y
         
Arial Unicode MS
Regular
Y
Y
Y
       
Baskerville Old Face
Regular
Y
Y
         
Bauhaus 93
Regular
Y
           
Bell MT
Regular, Bold, Italic
Y
Y
    Y
Y
 
Berlin Sans FB
Regular, Bold, Demi Bold
Y
           
Bernard MT
Condensed
Y
Y
         
Blackadder ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Bodoni MT
Regular, Black, Black
Italic, Bold, Bold Italic,
Condensed, Condensed Bold,
Condensed Bold Italic,
Condensed Italic, Italic,
Poster Compressed
Y





Y





         
Book Antiqua
Bold, Bold Italic,
Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Bookman Old Style
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic,
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Bookshelf Symbol 7
Regular
Y
Y
         
Bradley Hand ITC
Regular,
Y
Y
         
Britannic Bold Y Y          
Broadway Regular Y Y          
Brush Script MT
Italic
Y
Y
         
Calibri
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Calibri Light
Rular, Italic
    Y
Y
  Y
Y
Californian FB
Regular, Bold, Italic
Y
Y
         
Calisto MT
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

Y

Cambria
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic,
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Candara
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Castellar
Regular
Y
Y
         
Centaur
Regular
Y
Y
         
Century
Regular
Y
Y
         
Century Gothic
Bold, Bold Italic,
Italic,
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Century Schoolbook
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

Y

Chiller Regular Y Y          
Colonna MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Comic Sans MS
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
    Y

       
Consolas
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Constantia
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Cooper Black
Regular
Y
Y
         
Copperplate Gothic
Bold, Light
Y
Y
         
Corbel
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Courier New
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
 

Curlz MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Edwardian Script ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Elephant
Regular, Italic
Y
Y
         
Engravers MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Eras ITC
Bold, Demi,
Light, Medium
Y

Y

         
Euphemia
Regular
 
Felix Titling
Regular
Y

Y

         
Footlight MT
Light
Y
Y
         
Forte
Regular
Y
Y
         
Franklin Gothic
Book Book Italic
Y
Y
    Y
Y
Y
Franklin Gothic
Demi, Demi Italic
Y
Y
    Y
  Y
Franklin Gothic
Medium, Medium Italic
Y
Y
    Y
Y
Y
Franklin Gothic
Heavy, Heavy Italic,
Medium Condensed,
Demi Condensed
Y


Y


        Y


Freestyle Script
Regular
Y
Y
         
French Script MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Gabriola
Regular
  Y
Y
       
Gadugi
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Garamond
Regular, Bold,
Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Georgia Regular,
Bold, Bold Italic,
Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

 
Gigi
Regular
Y
Y
         
Gill Sans
Ultra Bold,
Ultra Bold Condensed
Y

Y

        Y

Gill Sans MT
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic,
Condensed,
Ext Condensed Bold,
Italic
Y




Y




    Y




Y




 
Gloucester MT
Extra Condensed
Y
Y
         
Goudy Old Style
Regular, Bold, Italic
Y
Y
    Y
Y
Y
Goudy Stout
Regular
Y
Y
         
Haettenschweiler
Regular
Y
Y
         
Harlow Solid
Italic
Y
Y
         
Harrington
Regular
Y
Y
         
High Tower Text
Regular, Italic
Y
Y
         
Impact
Regular
    Y
       
Imprint MT Shadow
Regular
Y
Y
         
Informal Roman
Regular
Y
Y
         
Jokerman
Regular
Y
Y
         
Juice ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Kokila Regular,
Bold, Bold Italic,
Italic
    Y

       
Kristen ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Kunstler Script
Regular
Y
Y
         
Leelawadee
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Lucida Bright
Regular, Demibold,
Demibold Italic
Y

Y

    Y

   
Lucida Bright
Italic
Y
Y
      Y
Y
Lucida Calligraphy
Italic
Y
Y
         
Lucida Console
Regular
 
Lucida Fax
Regular, Demibold,
Demibold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

 
Lucida Handwriting
Italic
Y
Y
         
Lucida Sans
Demibold Italic,
Demibold Roman,
Italic, Regular
Y


Y


    Y


Y


Y


Lucida Sans
Typewriter Bold,
Bold Oblique,
Oblique, Regular
Y


Y


    Y


Y


Y


Magneto
Bold
Y
Y
         
Maiandra GD
Regular
Y
Y
         
Matura MT Script Capitals
Regular
Y
Y
         
Meiryo
Regular, Bold,
Italic, Bold Italic
  Y

         
Microsoft JhengHei
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Microsoft Sans Serif
Regular
 
Microsoft Tai Le
Bold
    Y
       
Microsoft Uighur
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Microsoft YaHei
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Mistral
Regular
Y
Y
         
Modern No. 20
Regular
Y
Y
         
Monotype Corsiva
Regular
Y
Y
         
MS Mincho
Regular
Y
           
MS Outlook
Regular
  Y
         
MS Reference Sans Serif
Regular
Y
Y
         
MS Reference Specialty
Regular
Y
Y
         
MT Extra
Symbol
  Y
         
Myanmar Text
Regular
    Y
       
Niagara Engraved
Regular
Y
Y
         
Niagara Solid
Regular
Y
Y
         
Nirmala UI
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Nyala
Regular
 
OCR A Extended
Regular
Y
Y
         
Old English Text MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Onyx
Regular
Y
Y
         
Palace Script MT
Regular
Y
Y
         
Palatino Linotype
Bold, Bold Italic, Italic
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Papyrus
Regular
Y
Y
         
Parchment
Regular
Y
Y
         
Perpetua
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

Y

Perpetua Titling MT
Bold, Light
Y
Y
         
Plantagenet Cherokee
Regular
 
Playbill
Regular
Y
Y
         
Poor Richard
Regular
Y
Y
         
Pristina
Regular
Y
Y
         
Raavi
Regular
 
Rage Italic
(Script Font)
Y
Y
         
Ravie
Regular
Y
Y
         
Rockwell
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic
Y

Y

    Y
Y
Y
Rockwell Condensed,
Bold Condesed,
Extra Bold, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

Y

Sakkal Majalla
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Script MT
Bold
Y
Y
         
Segoe Chess
Regular
Y
           
Segoe Print
Regular, Bold
 
Segoe Script
Regular, Bold
 
Segoe UI
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

  Y

     
Segoe UI Light
Semibold, Symbol
      Y
     
Segoe UI Semilight
Regular
    Y
Y
     
Shonar Bangla
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Showcard Gothic
Regular
Y
Y
         
Simplified Arabic
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Snap ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Stencil
Regular
Y
Y
         
Sylfaen
Regular
 
Tahoma
Regular, Bold
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Y
Tempus Sans ITC
Regular
Y
Y
         
Times New Roman
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Traditional Arabic
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Traditional Arabic
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Trebuchet MS
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Tw Cen MT Medium
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

    Y

Y

Y

Tw Cen MT
Condensed Medium
Condensed Bold,
Condensed Extra Bold
Y


Y


    Y


  Y


Urdu Typesetting
Regular
    Y
       
Utsaah
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
    Y


       
Vani
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Verdana
Regular, Bold,
Bold Italic, Italic
Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

Vijaya,
Regular, Bold
    Y
       
Viner Hand ITC
(Script)
Y
Y
         
Vivaldi
Italic
Y
Y
         
Vladimir Script
Regular (Script)
Y
Y
         
Wide Latin
Regular
Y
Y
         
Wingdings
Symbol
 
           
Wingdings 2
Symbol
Y
Y
         
Wingdings 3
Symbol
Y
Y
         
Note: All safe fonts are highlighted in the above table. Even though it may seem that some of these fonts are not safe because they are not checked anywhere in the above table for all Microsoft Office versions, that is not necessarily true. Some fonts are installed by Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X as well, and are thus available to all Microsoft Office programs including PowerPoint.
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