When creating an e-mail signature in Outlook or sharing a word or excel file, it is important to remember that fonts are not common across all platforms. If you use a font that does not on exist on the recipient’s device, your signature or files appearance will change as the font you selected is replaced with a default font. This can sometimes be mitigated on web-based platforms (e.g., a web site or blog) by using fonts that load to the user’s device in real-time from the cloud.
When it comes to preserving the appearance of a file the only solution is to save it as a PDF or choose a font that the recipient has on their device. Below is a list of fonts that are universally pre-installed on all devices.
|Windows & Mac||Windows, Mac & iOS|
|Arial, sans-serif||Arial, sans-serif|
|Arial Black, sans-serif||Arial Black, sans-serif|
|Comic Sans MS, cursive||Courier New, monospace|
|Courier New, monospace||Georgia, serif|
|Georgia, serif||Palatino Linotype, serif|
|Impact, sans-serif||Times New Roman, serif|
|Lucida Console, monospace||Trebuchet MS, sans-serif|
|Lucida Sans Unicode, sans-serif||Verdana, sans-serif|
|Palatino Linotype, serif|
|Times New Roman, serif|
|Trebuchet MS, sans-serif|
|MS Sans Serif, sans-serif|
|MS Serif, serif|