13 Facts About Arial


Arial is a sans-serif typeface and set of computer fonts in the neo-grotesque style.

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Fonts from the Arial family are included with all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 3.

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In Office 2007, Arial was replaced by Calibri as the default typeface in PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.

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Contemporary sans serif design, Arial contains more humanist characteristics than many of its predecessors and as such is more in tune with the mood of the last decades of the twentieth century.

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Arial is an extremely versatile family of typefaces which can be used with equal success for text setting in reports, presentations, magazines etc, and for display use in newspapers, advertising and promotions.

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Arial is a neo-grotesque typeface: a design based on nineteenth-century sans-serifs, but regularized to be more suited to continuous body text and to form a cohesive font family.

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Monotype executive Allan Haley observed, "Arial was drawn more rounded than Helvetica, the curves softer and fuller and the counters more open.

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In 1992, Microsoft chose Arial to be one of the four core TrueType fonts in Windows 3.

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Arial ultimately became one of several clones of PostScript standard fonts created by Monotype in collaboration with or sold to Microsoft around this time, including Century Gothic, Book Antiqua (Palatino) and Bookman Old Style (ITC Bookman).

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TrueType editions of Arial have shipped as part of Microsoft Windows since the introduction of Windows 3.

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Arial Unicode is a version supporting all characters assigned with Unicode 2.

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Arial glyphs are used in fonts developed for non-Latin environments, including Arabic Transparent, BrowalliaUPC, Cordia New, CordiaUPC, Miriam, Miriam Transparent, Monotype Hei, Simplified Arabic.

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Arial is a proprietary typeface to which Monotype Imaging owns all rights, including software copyright and trademark rights.

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