Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

Quick Refference: cssfontstack.com

Introduction

Here you can find the list with the standard set of fonts common to all versions of
Windows and their Mac substitutes, referred sometimes as “browser safe fonts”. This is the
reference I use when making web pages and I expect you will find it useful too.

If you are new to web design, maybe you are thinking: “Why I have to limit to that small set of fonts? I have a
large collection of nice fonts in my computer”. Well, as seasoned web designers already know, browsers can use only
the fonts installed in each computer, so it means that every visitor of your web page needs to have
all the fonts you want to use installed in his/her computer. Of course, different people will
have different fonts installed, and thus come the need of a standard set of fonts. Fortunately, CSS allows
set several values for the font-family property, which eases the task a bit.

If you want to know how the fonts are displayed in other OS’s or browsers than yours, after
the table you can find several screen shots of this page in different
systems and browsers. Also, you can take a look to the list of the default fonts
included with each version of Windows
.

The list

First, a few introductory notes:

  • The names in grey are the generic family of each font.
  • In some cases the Mac equivalent is the same font, since Mac OS X also includes some of the
    fonts shipped with Windows.
  • The notes at the bottom contains specific information about some of the fonts.
Windows fonts / Mac fonts / Font family
Normal style Bold style
Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif
Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5, cursive Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5, cursive
Courier New, Courier New, monospace Courier New, Courier New, monospace
Georgia1, Georgia, serif Georgia1, Georgia, serif
Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6, sans-serif Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6, sans-serif
Lucida Console, Monaco5, monospace Lucida Console, Monaco5, monospace
Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino, serif Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino, serif
Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif
Times New Roman, Times New Roman, Times, serif Times New Roman, Times New Roman, Times, serif
Trebuchet MS1, Trebuchet MS, sans-serif Trebuchet MS1, Trebuchet MS, sans-serif
Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif
Symbol, Symbol (Symbol2, Symbol2) Symbol, Symbol (Symbol2, Symbol2)
Webdings, Webdings (Webdings2, Webdings2) Webdings, Webdings (Webdings2, Webdings2)
Wingdings, Zapf Dingbats (Wingdings2Zapf Dingbats2) Wingdings, Zapf Dingbats (Wingdings2Zapf Dingbats2)
MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif
MS Serif4, New York6, serif MS Serif4, New York6, serif

1 Georgia and Trebuchet MS are bundled with Windows 2000/XP and they are
also included in the IE font pack (and bundled with other MS applications), so they
are quite common in Windows 98 systems.

2 Symbolic fonts are only displayed in Internet Explorer, in other browsers a
font substitute is used instead (although the Symbol font does work in Opera and the Webdings
works in Safari).

3 Book Antiqua is almost exactly the same font that Palatino Linotype, Palatino Linotype
is included in Windows 2000/XP while Book Antiqua was bundled with Windows 98.

4 These fonts are not TrueType fonts but bitmap fonts, so they won’t
look well when using some font sizes (they are designed for 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24 point
sizes at 96 DPI).

5 These fonts work in Safari but only when using the normal font style,
and not with bold or italic styles. Comic Sans MS works in bold but not in italic. Other Mac
browsers seems to emulate properly the styles not provided by the font (thanks to Christian Fecteau for the tip).

6 These fonts are present in Mac OS X only if Classic is
installed (thanks to Julian Gonggrijp for the corrections).

How the fonts look in different systems and browsers

Note that while the ClearType smoothing is applied always, the basic font smoothing of
Windows 98/2000/XP is applied only to certain font sizes. That sizes can be specified by the
font designer, but usually they are in the ranges of 0-6 and 14+ points (pt).

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