Gmail Text Style change color and size Compose box


Default Text Style in Gmail was announced at the end of 2009 as the Lab experiment to get user feedback. With the growth of the web and advanced HTML, email people start using text style, fonts size, and colors. Adding headlines in the email message in bold and italics or adding images in signature to demonstrate unique for and creative email style.
Change Default Text in Gmail
Change Default Text in Gmail

Default text style permanently added to Gmail Settings

Gmail is always focusing on user feedback. Once more users adopted the lab experiment, then the feature was added permanently.

How to change and set default font style in Gmail

Using Gmail in browser follow below steps with the screenshots.
  1. Click on Gmail gear icon. 
  2. Navigate to Settings and click to view the General Tab.
  3. In General, Tab scrolls down to Default text style section.
  4. Choose the fonts from the available list Sans Serif (default), Serif, Fixed Width, Wide, Narrow, Comic Sans MS, Garamond, Georgia, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, and Verdana.
  5. Choose text size from Huge, Large, Normal and small.
  6. Pick a Text color. (there is no background color option which can choose from Compose box)
  7. Review the result in text preview
  8. scroll down to Save changes
Gmail Text Size
Gmail Text Size
Text Color in Gmail
Text Color in Gmail
Gmail Text Preview
Gmail Text Preview
Save Changes
Save Changes
You may like to know where is Gmail gear icon.

Why Gmail user need fonts feature?

Most users would like to select the font and text color of their choice before start typing a new message. They are repeating the action each type they are writing a new email message. With this feature to set default, there will be no need to change and reset the styling to their choice. Their choosing preferences will always fix as the user configured.

Fonts in Gmail default text styling.

Gmail using below-mentioned fonts which are almost available in every other email providers and are supported mostly on the web. The default fonts for every user set to Sans Serif. They are limited to below as default web fonts that be read and support by other vendors on the internet.

Fonts of Gmail:
  • Sans Serif (Gmail default Fonts)
  • Serif
  • Fixed Width
  • Wide
  • Narrow
  • Comic Sans MS
  • Garamond
  • Georgia
  • Tahoma
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana
Gmail built-in fonts
Gmail built-in fonts

Text sizes in Gmail:

The text sizes in Gmail are:
  1. Huge
  2. Large
  3. Normal (Default)
  4. Small
Text Size

Text Colors in Gmail

Below illustration from Settings showing the available color in choose. These color are for text only and no option to pick a background color. To choose background color user will be required to set from the compose box while typing an email message.

Text Colors Gmail font
Text Colors Gmail font

How to remove Gmail default text style formatting

Using Tx icon to remove formatting or Shortcut key Ctrl-\ to reset the default style.


Styling the text will have no effect on signature name settings. To match both email message text and signature then make sure to select same settings for both separately.



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HowGear: Gmail Text Style change color and size Compose box
Gmail Text Style change color and size Compose box
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