How many times have you been given a username and password, and have to go back and ask “is this a 1 or an l” or “is this a 0 or an O”? Selecting a proper font for usernames, passwords, urls, commands, etc. can save you time and make the experience less frustrating for your students. Here are some tips on picking a font:

  • The font should be monospaced. A lot of fonts are proportional, which means a **i** takes up less space than a **w**. When looking at the font, check that all of the characters are the same width.
  • Check that 1 (one), I (capital i), and l (lowercase L) all look different.
  • Check that 0 (zero) has a slash or dot through it to make it look different than O (capital o)

Two good fonts to use in Google Docs are Consolas and Courier New.


As you can see, each of the troublesome characters have a distinct look and will be less likely to be typed incorrectly.

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