A sampling of Google Docs’ new templates.
All those Bree Serif, Kaushan Script, and Lovers Quarrel font fans will now be able to bring into play these different scripts while working in Google Docs. The Web giant announced today that it is adding 450 new fonts and 60 new templates to its word processing program.
“Often the best way to get your point across is to present your idea in a creative, captivating way,” Google software engineer Isabella Ip wrote in a company blog post. “Today, we added over 450 new fonts to Google documents to make it easier for you to add a little something extra to whatever you create.”
The way users choose new fonts is by clicking on the font menu in Google Docs and selecting “add fonts.” People will then be taken to a menu of all the Google Web Fonts available. The types of fonts range from straightforward and business-like to scripty to cartoonish. These are the same fonts offered on Google’s Web Fonts site for designers.
The 60 new templates are designed for work, home, school, fun, holiday, and more. Examples of some of the types of templates include resumes, newsletters, recipes, photo sharing, and legal invoices.
Google has worked on vast improvements to its word processing program since it launched in 2007, including the addition of more than 200 updates to the core apps suite in the past year. These changes are apparently causing some users to make the switch from Microsoft Word.
Other Google Docs announcements from today include more options for inserting images into documents, charts in spreadsheets now have support for minor gridlines and customization, and users can set the default page size for new documents.