Microsoft Introduces New Default Font for Microsoft Office After 16 Years

Starting in 2023, Microsoft Office programs will bid farewell to Calibri as the default font. Aptos, a fresh sans-serif typeface, will take its place.

Microsoft Introduces New Default Font for Microsoft Office After 16 Years
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In 2023, Microsoft Office programs Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel will no longer use the Calibri font by default. It will be replaced by Aptos, a new sans-serif typeface formerly known as Bierstadt.

The Aptos font was created by designer Steve Matteson, also known for the Segoe UI font, which is used by default in Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10 and 11. Matteson stated that Aptos was inspired by mid-20th century Swiss typography. Bierstadt has been renamed to Aptos after Matteson's favorite unincorporated town in Santa Cruz, California.

Microsoft's long-standing default font, Calibri, has been a staple in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel since 2007, spanning over 16 years. However, a new era dawns as Aptos makes its debut in Office programs starting from July 13, 2023. This transition will occur gradually over the coming months, eventually becoming the default font for all users.

Even with the update, users can continue to use Calibri in Microsoft Office programs by simply selecting it from the menu. Furthermore, the previous default fonts, Times New Roman and Arial, will still be available as options.

To enhance the Office experience, Microsoft commissioned the creation of five new custom fonts in 2021. Following extensive user feedback, Aptos emerged as the chosen default font. Additionally, Grandview, Seaford, Skeena, and Tenorite fonts, which are companions to Aptos, will also be available for selection in the Office menu.

Default font options Microsoft has been choosing between since 2021 | Image: Inside IT

"Aptos is part of a broader wave of features coming to Microsoft 365. We're committed to making software more expressive and inclusive," explains Si Daniels, a principal program manager at Microsoft. "There’s a newly designed font picker experience, along with new themes, colors, and backgrounds."

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