Which modern fonts are best to use in documents?

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Which modern fonts are best to use in documents?
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When writing a document, whether on the computer or for printed works, font choice is an important consideration. The key to font selection in documents is readability. A document font, whether used for online documents, resumes or reports, must allow easy reading for anyone who picks it up. Many fonts are inappropriate for documents because they are whimsical, but there are fonts that are appropriate for documents.

Times New Roman

Times New Roman is the default font in many document programs. It is part of the serif font family due to the appearance serif, or tails, in the lettering. According to Crabby's Font Facts, serif fonts like Times New Roman are best when reading a document that is printed out. Times New Roman is one of the most readable fonts available.


Garamond is a modern style serif font that is ideal for professional documents like a resume. Like any modern style font, Garamond has a thinner letter styling than the classic font styles. It is a basic serif font ideal for printed documents.

Lucida Sans

Lucida Sans is a sans serif font, or font without the little tails common to serif font styles, and is a good modern choice for document fonts. The font, with its thinner lines, is good for computerised or onscreen documents because it is easily readable on a computer.


Trebuchet is a sans serif modern font style ideal for online or computerised resumes. The font is professional in appearance, and despite the relatively thin lines of the writing, the font is readable, especially in onscreen documents.

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