I remember my first time with the computer. At grade school, I messed around with Microsoft Word: I played with the margins, sizing, colors, formats, and other neat things. But the feature that caught my attention the most was the large selection of fonts: Aerial, Comic Sans, Bookman Old Style, Poor Richard, Georgia, Wingdings (my favorite at the time), and many others.
Large companies, books, and schools use basic fonts like Calibri and Times New Roman. Me? I enjoy extravagant, attention-getting, crazy fonts of all colors and sizes.
1. Courier New
I use this font for many reasons. First, it’s a large font. What would usually take up a few pages in Times New Roman takes up several more with Courier New. Second, each character always takes up the same space as all other characters. This keeps a paragraph in Courier New aligned to a good-looking grid. Lastly, Courier New looks a lot like typewriter font, and who doesn’t want to feel like an early twentieth-century typist?
2. Times New Roman
The award for most basic font and certainly most readable goes to Times New Roman. Despite Calibri taking the default font for Microsoft Office 2007 Word Processor, this easy-to-read, simple font provides all the essentials of writing documents. I use this font for school, office, and other formal purposes.
3. Edwardian Script ITC
You probably haven’t heard of this one, but a font that looks like someone’s cursive handwriting definitely deserves to be commemorated. If you have MS Office 2007, search for this font, “Edwardian Script ITC,” and you’ll see what I mean. Though smaller and slightly unreadable, this font is certainly fun to use.
Unfortunately, I am unable to change to Wingdings font on this text editor. Still, I recommend you try out the font. If you can read Wingdings, you probably know the secret behind it, or you just have too much time on your hands. The origins of Wingdings are very unknown: the only information Wikipedia offers is that Microsoft created the symbol-based language for a word processor in 1990. If you ever wanted to send a message to a friend in a secret code, this font is for you.
I’m still surfing the font library of MS word processor, and Microsoft is still making more fonts. Keep looking, and you’ll find one that suits you most.