Choosing Font Faces and Sizes

Choosing a font face is easy. First you create a new Font object. Then you call g.setFont(Font f). To instantiate a Font object use this constructor:

public Font(String name, int style, int size)

name is the name of the font family, e.g. "Serif", "SansSerif", or "Mono".

size is the size of the font in points. In computer graphics a point is considered to be equal to one pixel. 12 points is a normal size font. 14 points is probably better on most computer displays. Smaller point sizes look good on paper printed with a high resolution printer, but not in the lower resolutions of a computer monitor.

style is an mnemonic constant from java.awt.Font that tells whether the text will be bold, italic or plain. The three constants are Font.PLAIN, Font.BOLD, and Font.ITALIC. The program below prints each font in its own face and 14 point bold.

import java.applet.*;
import java.awt.*;

public class FancyFontList extends Applet {

  private String[] availableFonts;

  public void init () {

    Toolkit t = Toolkit.getDefaultToolkit();
    availableFonts = t.getFontList();


  public void paint(Graphics g) {
    for (int i = 0; i < availableFonts.length; i++) {
      Font f = new Font(availableFonts[i], Font.BOLD, 14);
      g.drawString(availableFonts[i], 5, 15*i + 15);

Available fonts in their own type face
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