Favourite Microsoft system fonts

Hello everyone, I'm new here at Typophile.

Microsoft products (MS Windows & MS Office) come with a variety of serif fonts. If you were limited to use Microsoft serif fonts only (for printed text), which would be your favourites to use?

I like Century Schoolbook, Goudy Old Style and Book Antiqua (Palatino Linotype has a wider line spacing by default).

Thank you.

hrant's picture

Me, Georgia.
But why this limit?

hhp

rayzb92's picture

Thank you. The limit is because I am asking about MS system fonts only. Fonts supplied with MS Windows and MS Office are the most common MS system fonts people use, I assume…

PublishingMojo's picture

Like Hrant, I choose Georgia. Matthew Carter has a remarkable ability to apply the master craftsman's touch to mass-produced workhorse typefaces. When I'm writing letters or reports that only have to look professional, not capital-D Designed, I always use Georgia. And when it's necessary for business reasons to work in PowerPoint, I prefer to use Georgia, because it'll look like a grownup did it, but it won't default to Courier on my client's screen.

rayzb92's picture

Georgia looks good. But don't you think Georgia is a bit too bold for print? It's an often heard criticism... Which line spacing do you use when using Georgia?

PublishingMojo's picture

too bold for print
If I'm going to print something, I don't need to concern myself with whether my reader has the same fonts installed on the device they're reading on. Therefore, I don't need to limit myself to MS system fonts.
When I do use Georgia, I use leading about 1/4 of the point size (12/15, 24/30, etc ), if space permits.

hrant's picture

I prefer somewhat dark text fonts (both aesthetically and functionally) so to me that's a plus. :-) The linespacing of course depends on the line length; that said, due to its larger-than-average x-height, use a greater-than-usual linespacing.

hhp

rayzb92's picture

Valid points. Georgia does need a wider line spacing. Thank you guys.

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