How to try fonts online

Many people don’t know how great the font tryout tools are over at Here is a quick tutorial to show you just how easy it is to take a typeface or font for a spin, changing it’s size, kerning, and even sampling its extras like ligatures and fractions. It takes about 1 minute to drill down to exactly what you are looking for and start experimenting.

Step 1: Go to

You’ll see the logo on the left. You are in the right place!

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Step 2: Start searching for your favorite font

Look on the far right for the search box and start typing.

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Step 3: Get some search help will assist you in finding what you are looking for.

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Step 4: Review your search criteria in the results

Notice how you could have searched for a string, like “neue” or “bold” or “old style” or even “script” and would have given results based on those partials searches. Try it out to narrow your results if need be.

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Step 5: Review the results for the right typeface or font

In this case, since we searched for Helvetica Neue, we got a link to the entire typeface, not just a font within it.

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Step 6: Review the different fonts in the typeface

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Step 7: Change the default text

Type in something different and change the font size. If you blow up the text to the max size, there is a brief lag while the display redraws the font at the new size. Fonts done really big in this tool look fantastic.

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Step 8: Reset the values

If you play around and get the text all screwy and font size all out of whack, just click here to reset everything. The baseline texts are pangrams, which give you a nice random selection of letters other than “a quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog”.

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Step 9: Play with ligatures, fractions, and more

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Step 10: View a font up close

You can get a very, very detailed full page sample sheet of each font in a typeface family. It goes from 144pt all the way down to 10pt.

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Step 11: Buy a font or typeface!

If you see what you like, you are ready to make a purchase! makes sure it doesn’t get much easier than that.

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So, visit and poke around and have fun.


  1. says

    Thanks for posting this, I have been looking for a site like this! Perfect! I am working with right now to perfect my website, and they are doing such an amazing job! We were just trying to find the fonts that were the best fit!


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