Extension Watch: Google Font Previewer

Dmitri Popov

Productivity Sauce

Jun 22, 2011 GMT
Dmitri Popov

The Google Web Fonts repository is a real treasure trove for anyone looking for high-quality open source fonts, but finding the font you like among dozens of available typefaces can be a time-consuming task. Fortunately, there is a nifty tool that can help you to quickly preview the fonts available in the repository -- provided you use Google Chrome or Chromium as your browser of choice. Using he Google Font Previewer extension, you can access all Google web fonts with a single mouse click. What's more, when you select a font, it's automatically applied to the currently viewed web page, so you immediately see what the font looks like in a real-world situation.

You can apply the font to the entire page, or only part of the page by specifying a filter in the Specify a CSS selector field. In addition to that, you can tweak different font options, such as size, style, weight, shadow, and decoration. Finally, the extension conveniently generates a code snippet you can use to embed the font into your web site. So whether you maintain a personal blog or build a web site for profit, the Google Font Previewer extension can prove to be a handy tool, indeed.

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