How many fonts do you see every day? You might find hundreds of fonts on a new website. Sometimes, we find a new font that we want to use, but we don’t know the name of the font.
Due to the very similar characteristics of each font, it is often impossible to distinguish between typography. And that is why this Chrome extension which I am going to discuss helps you identify fonts. Font identifier extensions can be useful in some situations.
Google Chrome is one of the best browsers that combines extensions. If you are a web designer or photographer, then there are some of the best extensions available on the Chrome web store that can increase your productivity, and one of them is the extension for identifying fonts.
In this post, we will share 4 ready-to-use Chrome extensions to identify fonts (family, type, size, thickness and color) and each of these extensions has something special for you.
4 Chrome Extensions to Identify Fonts
It should be noted that there are many font recognition extensions available in the chrome store, but enumerating them all is impossible. So, in this article, we only list the best font identifiers of our version.
With over a million downloads on the Chrome Web Store, Whatfont is one of the best and top-rated chrome extensions available on the web store.
Just click on the WhatFont extension icon, and hover over a word. You will immediately see the font name appear below it. It’s very fast. Drag the cursor around the web page to quickly identify the font you want.
You have to click on the letters to get more details about the fonts. That will bring up an infobox filled with details like font name and family, size, thickness, etc. Also it tells you about the font color used.
Also, it generates a preview of the alphabet font using both uppercase and lowercase characters. And to finish, it will dump the download link to the font (if available for free).
But what makes WhatFont so special is that you can open as many of these infoboxes as you want, like sticky notes. It works well when comparing multiple font types at the same time.
How to Use Whatfont:
- Install the extension from the Chrome Web Store.
- Open any web page, click the WhatFont button, then click on a word or letter to view the font name and family, size, thickness and color of the font.
2. Ninja Fontface
Fontface Ninja is an all-in-one chrome extension for browsing fonts in a website. It not only identifies the font, but also lets you try, bookmark and buy it directly (if the font is paid).
Fontface Ninja is another extension that you can use to identify fonts easily. Click the Fontface Ninja extension icon, and it will generate a list of all the fonts in the page. Quite useful to know all the details at a glance.
Click on the listed fonts, and you can preview them by typing in your own words, which is cool. You can then choose to download the font – free and paid links are ready to display. You can also ‘mark’ any font for future reference.
Don’t forget that you can hover over the letters to identify a font similar to WhatFont, but with a more detailed snippet. However, it is a bit slower, so don’t expect speed and efficiency like WhatFont.
Fontface Ninja has the ability to identify fonts in images. After clicking on the Fontface Ninja extension icon, click on the image, and the results will be shown to you after a few seconds.
Even aesthetically, Fontface Ninja is quite pleasing to the eye, with a crisp user interface that is clearly inspired by Google’s Design concepts. It even has a dark theme to boot, which goes well with Chrome’s dark mode!
How to Use Fontface Ninja:
- Download the Fontface Ninja extension.
- Install the extension and reboot: It is important to reboot your browser for the extension to work. Otherwise, tabs opened before installation will not be able to use the Fonts Ninja extension.
- Enable and check: On any web page, click on the Fonts Ninja logo in the browser to identify the font.
3. Font Finder
Font Finder lets you easily identify any font you come across. Click on any letter or word after activating the extension, and you will be presented with a detailed pop-up box with everything you want to know. But it’s something more suitable for needy users and web developers. For casual Chrome users, the amount of information it releases may be overwhelming.
Font Finder also has the amazing ability to replace the font type on a live web page with another one. It’s perfect for an example when you want to test how a certain font will line up with the rest of the page, but without making any modifications in the backend.
To change the font, all you have to do is select a paragraph, right-click it, point to Font Finder, and then click Change Font With. Just type in the name of the font, and it will make the change in a jiffy!
You can try this on any webpage you come across in Chrome. But then again, Font Finder can be too technical – WhatFont or Fontface Ninja might suit you better.
How to Use Font Finder:
- Download and install Font Finder in chrome browser.
- Once the installation is complete, click on any letter or word and a popup window will appear showing everything you want to know about the font.
FontScanner is an extension that easily identifies fonts in Chrome, but not in the way you think. Perform a scan, and it will generate a list of detectable font families within the page.
Then, simply click on the result, and it will highlight all the sample fonts across the page. Quite useful when quickly identifying and finding similar font types.
FontScanner works best as a combo with other font recognition extensions. Use it for a comprehensive rundown of all web pages, and then use WhatFont, Fontface Ninja, or Font Finder to dig into the details.
How to Use FontScanner:
- Download and install FontScanner in chrome browser.
- Open any site, click the fontscanner logo, then click Start Scan, after which you are treated to details of the font attached to the site you selected earlier.
Finding Out the Easy Way
Well, that’s it. Hopefully, one of these Chrome extensions will serve you well whenever you come across an obscure font that you would not know about.
So, what is your favorite choice? WhatFont provides a super-convenient approach to identifying fonts. Fontface Ninja can identify fonts in text and images. Meanwhile, Font Finder can replace fonts on-the-fly. Let me know about your choices and reasons in the comments section below.