How to Change Default Font in Google Docs, Turn Off Suggestions (and More)

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How to Change Default Font in Google Docs

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If you want to change the default font, this section is for you.

The following steps relate to the “Normal text.” Remember, however, that you can use the following steps to change the default font for Title, Subtitle and Heading too.

Open a new Google Docs document.

Make sure the one you prefer is selected in the Styles drop-down list. In my case, Normal text should be selected.

Now choose the font you prefer.

Click on “Format” at the top.

Move the mouse over “Paragraph styles” and then over the same that you’ve chosen earlier. In my case, it is “Normal Text.”

Click on the “Update” option you see. In my case, it is the “Update ‘Normal text’ to match” option.

Click “Format” again at the top.

Move the mouse over “Paragraph styles” and then over “Options.”

Click on the “Save as my default styles” option.

​That’s it. The default font for the “Normal text” has been successfully changed.

If you want to revert a particular font change (for instance: Normal text), follow the steps above, but be sure to select the font “Arial.”

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Turn Off Suggest Contacts in Comments in Google Slides or Google Docs

In Google Slides or Google Docs, the “Suggest contacts in comments” feature is enabled by default.

This feature is the reason why you see contact suggestions as you type comments.

If you’re not a fan, you can turn it off.

I use Windows 10 PC and Google Slides. But the steps are the same for Google Docs.

Here are the steps:

Go to Google Slides.

Open the presentation.

Click Tools > Preferences.

On the General tab, you will see the “Suggest contacts in comments” option. Deselect it.

Press the “OK” button.

Note: Typing + or @ will bring contact suggestions even though you have disabled the feature discussed above.

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Turn Off Smart Quotes in Google Docs or Google Slides

Here are the steps to turn off smart quotes in Google Docs or Google Slides, which is enabled by default.

I use Windows 10 PC and Google Docs. But the steps are the same for Google Slides.

Let us look at the steps.

Open Google Docs document.

Click Tools > Preferences.

On the General tab, you will see the “Use smart quotes” option. Deselect it.

Press the “OK” button.

Note: To turn it on, follow the steps above, but instead of unselecting it, select it.

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Automatically Detect Lists, Show Link Details, and More

I use Windows 10 PC and Google Docs. But the steps are the same for Google Slides.

Open the Google Docs file or Google Slides presentation.

Click Tools > Preferences.

Below are the options in the “Preferences” pop-up. Remember that the following 4 and 5 are not available for Google Slides.

Automatically capitalize words – This option automatically capitalizes the first word in each sentence.

Automatically detect link – This option automatically detect the links. For example, if you paste a URL into the document, Google Docs or Google Slides will recognize this as a link.

Automatically detect lists – This one will detect lists automatically. For instance, if you type 1, and then hit the “Space bar” key, then the Google Docs or Google Slides will detect it as a list.

Automatically correct spelling – This option automatically corrects spelling mistakes. For example, if you type talkng, Google Docs will correct it as talking.

Suggest action items – To turn on or off action item suggestions.

Show link details – This option displays the link details. For example, the link has the URL technologyhint.com. If you click on this link, you will see the favicon, title, URL, and meta description of the Technology Hint.

Substitutions

In the “Preferences” tab of Google Docs and Google Slides, you will see the “Substitutions” tab.

What this is for is, as the name suggests, to replace the words in the document automatically.

Let’s see how to use this feature.

Go to the “Substitutions” tab.

You will see “Automatic substitution.” If you do not want the “Substitutions” feature, turn it off. Click the “OK” button below to save the change.

You will also see a field under both “Replace” and “With.”

Let us look at this in an instance.

I want Google Docs to automatically replace “see” with “view.”

Here I have to input see in the field under “Replace.”

And I have to enter the view in the field under “With.” I also have to press the “OK” button to save the change.

That’s all. From now on, when I enter see in the Google Docs document, it is automatically replaced by view.

To remove substitutions, follow the steps below:

Go to the “Substitutions” tab.

Press “X” next to all you want to remove.

Click on the “OK” button.

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