How to set a Default Font in Gmail

gmail logoRecently one of my non-computer-savvy family members asked me about this.  I knew that a few months ago it wasn’t even possible.  With the Gmail Labs there was an option to set a “canned response” which included a font type/color/size.  But this was sorta of a PITA way to set a default font to be used in ALL emails.

Apparently in late December 2009 Google heard the complaints and finally created a Lab feature that allows us to set a Default Font.  Woot!

Here’s some instructions:

  1. Click the green lab beaker gmail labs icon in the top right (or go here
  2. Scroll down about 2/3 until you find Default Text Styling (or CTRL-F to search for it)
    gmail labs default text styling
  3. Click Enable
  4. Scroll up to the top
  5. Click Save Changes
  6. Click the General Settings tab at the top (or go here
  7. Set your Default text style about half-way down
  8. Click Save Changes at the bottom

Now marvel at how with this time-saving hack Gmail became even more awesome 🙂

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