February 02, 2011

Gmail in Droid Sans font

Like Gmail, but not the Arial font it uses?  There's a way to make Gmail use a more readable font!  Here's what you have to do:
  1. Install Droid Sans font on your computer:
    • If you use Windows or Mac OS, download Droid Sans font from Font Squirrel (or any other source you can find).
    • If you use Ubuntu, run sudo apt-get install ttf-droid from command line.  (Only apps that are started after the installation will see the new fonts.  You may try restarting your programs, or if that doesn't work just log out and log back in.)
  2. Change your Gmail theme to Android.  (It can be done through Gmail settings page.)
That's all!  Here's how my Gmail looks in the Droid font.  (Click on the image to see a bigger version.)


2 comments:

  1. Why are they still not using webfonts? They're a major host already o.O

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  2. Good point. If they used web fonts, users wouldn't have to do anything at all to get nice fonts in the UI.

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