How to Insert ​​Typewriter Font in Google Docs

Written by Emilija Google Workplace / Docs

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Fonts are essential when it comes to writing software because they make the document clear and readable and sometimes a well-chosen font gives the document a bit of personality.

Google Docs is one of the most popular online word processors, offering a variety of fonts ranging from formal to casual.

The software comes with ‘Arial’ as the default font, but you can experiment with many more.

Therefore, if you have ever wondered if there is a font in Google Docs that can make your document look like it was written on an old-school typewriter, we have good news- the answer is yes.

In this how-to, we will show you all the in-built type-writer fonts you can use in your document right now.

Additionally, if you are interested in learning how to create WordArt in Google Docs, we have a helpful article about that too.

A list of free typewriter fonts in Google Docs

You may wonder what are some fonts that look like a typewriter?

Typewriter fonts are amazing if you want to add a bit of an old-school or vintage look to your document.

Google Docs offers a few free fonts that look like they were created using a classic typewriter.

  • Courier Prime
  • Special Elite
  • Lekton
  • Cutive Mono
  • Oranienbaum
  • Nixie One

Courier Prime

courier prime font

Designed by Howard Kettler in 1956, the Courier Prime font belongs to the monospaced family designed specifically for screenplays.

If you are interested in more technical details, according to Google Fonts website the serifs in the courier prime font are crisper and less rounded. The counters are subtly wider. The bold weight is a bit darker and the italics are more cursive.

Special Elite

special elite font

You may want to consider the Special Elite Font if you want to capture the typewriter font more accurately.

This font has smudged letters around the edges, giving the impression that it was written in ink.

Additionally, the font mimics the style of the Smith-Corona Special Elite Type Number NR6 and Remington Noiseless typewriters.

Lekton font

lekton font

Lekton font is another font that resembles the typewriter typeface.

The font was actually designed in ISIA, Urbino, Italy by several students.

A fun fact about the Lekton font is that it was designed in 8 hours and was inspired by some of the typefaces used in Olivetti typewriters.

And for the technical geeks, according to the info on Google Fonts website, the glyphs are 'trispaced. This means that the spaces are modular, 250, 500, 750, which allows a better spacing between characters, but also a vertical alignment similar to the one possible with a monospaced font.

Cutive Mono

cutive mono font

The fourth in-built font in Google Docs that can give a vintage look to your writing is the Cutive Mono font.

It was designed based on several classic typewriter fonts, including IBM's 'Executive' and the older 'Smith-Premier'

In case you want to add old-school, vintage-looking characters on your body text you might take Cutive Mono into account.


Google Docs Oranienbaum font

According to the Oranienbaum font is based on the architecture of classic Antiqua fonts, such as Bodoni.

It has pronounced serifs, contrasting geometry, and an interplay of right angles and flowing lines typical of typefaces from the first quarter of the 20th century. This font is suitable for headlines as well as body text.

The designers of this font are Oleg Pospelov and Jovanny Lemonad.

Nixie One

google docs nixie one fonts

The Nixie One font is another built-in typewriter font that you can use. The font is minimalistic and elegant and makes any written document easy to scan and read.

How to add the type-writer fonts in Google Docs

As we mentioned earlier the default font in Google Docs is Arial, however that can easily be changed into some of the typewriting fonts we listed above.

  1. Click on the ‘Font’ drop-down menu.
  2. Click on ‘More Fonts’.

Google docs more fonts option

  1. In the search bar, type in one of the fonts listed below, click on the font once it shows up in the results.
  2. The font will appear from your right-side, and next just click ‘Ok’.

google docs font search window

To find the fonts, click again on the Font menu and scroll down to find the font alphabetically.

How to add more fonts to Google Docs by using Add-ons

Whether you are looking for more type-writer fonts or just want to explore other styles that are not available in Google Docs, using an add-on can help you do both.

  1. To install an Add-on in Google Docs, click on the Add-ons menu, and click on Get add-ons.

google docs add ons menu

  1. In the search bar type in ‘Extensis fonts’.
  2. Click on the extension, click on Install, and grant access to the app.

extensis add on

  1. Next, click on the Add-on menu again and choose ‘Extensis fonts’.
  2. Highlight the text you want to change, and click on one of the fonts from your right-hand menu.

extensis add-on fonts