21 Stunning Web Safe Fonts

Fonts are one of the most important building blocks in design and sooner or later you get fed up with the traditional Verdana, Arial, and Helvetica fonts. While there is nothing wrong with Verdana, Arial, and Helvetica – they are three of the safest fonts – it gets boring if you only use these. On the other hand, if you use a rare font which users don't have on their system, this is also unprofessional because you have no control over the mess the user will see in their browser. That is why the so called web safe fonts have been designed.

How Safe Are Web Safe Fonts

Web safe fonts are fonts that look good on screen and are relatively popular, so you can safely assume that your visitors will have this font on their system. Very often these fonts come with the operating system itself, so users have them installed by default. Still, there is no guarantee that the fonts you use will be installed on your users' computers.

Additionally, even if the font is installed on your users' computers, many of these fonts look good only with particular font sizes. For instance, some fonts are good at sizes such as 10 or 12 pixels (i.e. body text), while with larger or smaller font sizes they either look distorted or are unreadable.

After all these clarifications, which were necessary so that you know you should take any lists of web safe fonts with a grain of salt, let's see which fonts made it to the list.

21 Stunning Web Safe Fonts for You to Use

Here are 21 stunning web safe fonts, which are either widely available on Windows, Mac, and Linux, or have decent substitutes. If you like one - simply copy the CSS code found in the blue box and use it yourself.



font-family:"Georgia", serif;

Palatino Linotype

font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', Palatino, serif;

Times New Roman

font-family: 'Times New Roman', Times, serif;

MS Serif

font-family: 'MS Serif', 'New York', sans-serif;


font-family: Garamond, serif;

Bookman Old Style

font-family: 'Bookman Old Style', serif;





font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;


font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;


font-family: 'Arial Black', Gadget, sans-serif;


font-family: 'Arial Narrow', sans-serif;


font-family: Symbol, sans-serif;


font-family: Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif;


font-family: Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif;

Century Gothic

font-family: Century Gothic, sans-serif;

Lucida Sans Unicode

font-family: 'Lucida Sans Unicode', 'Lucida Grande', sans-serif;

Trebuchet MS

font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Helvetica, sans-serif;

MS Sans Serif

font-family: 'MS Sans Serif', Geneva, sans-serif;




Courier New

font-family: 'Courier New', Courier, monospace;


font-family: Courier, monospace;

Lucida Console

font-family: 'Lucida Console', Monaco, monospace;




Comic Sans MS

font-family: 'Comic Sans MS', cursive;

Written 2009-10-16 (Updated 2016-10-10)
Share your thoughts

ith,  16 January, 2014

comic sans should die...

enomsoft,  13 October, 2010

Its so nice

e. fairfax vere,  15 July, 2010

this is an interesting list and everyone has their favorite fonts, but this information is misleading and not that useful. arial is certainly not stunning and half of the fonts are not truly "web safe."

Josh,  29 November, 2009

Why does everyone skip over Helvetica when they talk about web fonts?

dillu,  2 November, 2009

century gothic rocks ....

Ali,  23 October, 2009

I'd like to know the name of the font in your own headers.

Paul Smart,  22 October, 2009

I wouldn't have called them stunning but thanks anyway

luisinlandaes,  22 October, 2009


Ok Kanye West.

Arki,  21 October, 2009

Wow, which cave did you dwell in for the last 15 years?

clippingimages,  20 October, 2009

Nice collection of fonts. Maximum are common. Thanks for sharing this nice post.

Inside the Webb,  20 October, 2009

Very useful collection of fonts. I've been looking for free fonts to mess around with for logos, these are perfect

Chad,  20 October, 2009

You fail at the internet.

Steven Howe,  20 October, 2009

C O M I C S A N S ?

Are you for real???

Arthur Brown,  20 October, 2009

I have to agree that some of these fonts are not necessarily stunning nor completely web safe, but who in the world added comic sans to this list. All the others I can deal with but comic sans? Otherwise a good list and good to see the options presented here.

Dirty Bird,  20 October, 2009

Are you serious? Why did you use images? Do you have the metrics on these? Here is an actual resource with the data to back it up http://www.3point7designs.com/blog/2008/05/8-fonts-you-probably-dont-use-in-css-but-should/

Andris,  20 October, 2009

I'm sorry, but these fonts are neither "Stunning" nor "Web safe".

horrible,  20 October, 2009

horrible list

Greg,  20 October, 2009

Stunning is a little misleading. :)

Vsync,  20 October, 2009

Nice article, but this is better: http://dustinbrewer.com/fonts-on-the-web-and-a-list-of-web-safe-fonts/

trice22,  20 October, 2009

Stunning? Really?

thenonhacker,  20 October, 2009

@Grant: Good point.

And please do not recommend Comic Sans!!! :-O

KiL,  19 October, 2009

I didn't know that the "Web" means Windows... Half of the fonts are not available on a Mac.

Grant,  19 October, 2009

If they're web safe fonts, why did you make them images?


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