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Microsoft Replaces Its Default Font for the First Time in 17 Years

If you use Microsoft Office, it’s likely you’re used to seeing your copy appearing in the default Calibri font.

But the tech giant has caused quite a stir this week, after replacing Calibri for the first time in 17 years.

The new default font is Aptos – and the change hasn’t gone down well with users.

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Taking to TikTok, one user said: ‘Out of nowhere my work computer changed the default font from calibri to whatever this is and it feels like kind of sick joke.’

Calibri features subtly rounded stems and corners that are visible at larger sizes, and was Microsoft’s default font since 2007.

However, back in 2021, the tech giant announced that it was replacing the font.

‘Calibri has been the default font for all things Microsoft since 2007, when it stepped in to replace Times New Roman across Microsoft Office,’ it said at the time.

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‘It has served us all well, but we believe it’s time to evolve.’

Microsoft selected Aptos last year, but has now started to roll out the change to users worldwide.

‘Similar to mid-20th-century Swiss typography, Aptos is a sans serif,’ Microsoft explained in a blog post.

‘Also referred to as Grotesque or Gothic, sans serif often have simple letterforms, even strokes, and they’re easily readable. Aptos, made of varying geometric shapes, is bold, well-defined, directive, and constrained.

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