Choosing the right school paper font

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    I was wondering if anybody could suggest a good font to use for school this year. All last year I did my papers in Helvetica 12 point in AppleWorks, but I'm getting rather tired of Helvetica. I was thinking about Lucida Grande, but it's a little too large for my needs. I also don't want anything that reminds me of PCs like Times New Roman. I don't really care if it's Sans-Serif or not. I just want a font that's on my computer already, or something free I can download.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    Stampyhead

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    Adobe Garamond or Myriad. I use those two fonts for everything.
     
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    Lacero

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    What the hell, use Comic Sans and Arial. :D

    Second vote for Adobe Garamond.
     
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    irmongoose

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    Definitely Garamond. Sweet, simple, and beautiful.
    Myriad is a more for design-related text... not ideal for reports, etc. Although it, too, is a beautiful font.




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    Chundles

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    Most of the unis I know specify Times, 12 point and double spaced. May as well start getting used to it now.
     
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    Mechcozmo

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    Zapfino.
    :D
     
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    Lacero

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    irmongoose

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    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! My eyes, my eyes!
    :eek: :eek:




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    Mechcozmo

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    Would you rather this hideous text?Or rather, this one?
    Zapfino works nicely in larger sizes for letters that are supposed to be hand done but look better this way.
     
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    20rogersc

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    I think we all know what font not to use now.

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    If your school goes by following MLA guidelines, you'll probably have to use either Arial or Times New Roman. It's the typeface that 99% of the world uses on pretty much any formal document.
     
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    quackattack

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    Yup, this has been my experiance as well.
     
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    wordmunger

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    I was a bit rebellious in college, so I submitted my papers in Palatino, even though Times was required. None of my professors ever noticed the difference.
     
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    CorvusCamenarum

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    I wrote most of my papers in 12 point Optima. It's nice and easy to read. Then again I also printed all of my essays and whatnot on resume paper. It feels nicer and it's easier to write commentary on it. Unless your professor is a standards nazi, chances are they won't care what font you use so long as it's not outrageous and they can read it easily.
     
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    superbovine

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    in my laters years in college, i had professor actually specifiy which font to use.
     
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    puckhead193

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    what about wingdings or whatever its called :eek: ;)
     
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    every report I ever wrote in uni specified times new roman 12 point, and they checked :eek:
     
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    ravenvii

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    For my school papers I actually used Helvetica all the time. It was the default font in TextEdit, and I never thought about it until now :eek:

    :D
     
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    zelmo

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    I like Lucida Grande for my email, but usually go with either Palatino or Garamond for reports and such. Plain but elegant (and easy to read), and at least it isn't Times, Helvetica, or (gak!) Courier.
     
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    joepunk

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    I have not yet had a professor who specified what kind of font they required. So I used many different fonts. Not to sure that I can explain this properly but here goes. On some papers that I finished typing and it was in some way a little short in page length or I wanted to add another page to it I would just leave the size at 12pt and change the font to something that expanded the length.
     
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    Mechcozmo

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    Times New Roman or Garamond. Or Zapfino for special items like above.
     
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    Dan8302

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    Bigger is better

    I hate to be the one who says this, but use Courier New. It looks like times new Roman but you get about an extra page from every 3 pages. Also Monaco is even bigger, most teacher's can't notice.
     
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    ham_man

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    Garamond. Awesome font. Very clean. Very Apple.
     
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    mad jew

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    I have to use Times New Roman, size 12 pt with double spacing. It always looks horrible. :(

    Meh, I'm not the one reading it. :D
     
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    superbovine

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    i used new courier unless directed otherwise. the font gives a "type writer" impression to most people and they ignore the fact that it is larger.
     

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