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Calibri sample01.png
Category Sans-serif
Classification Humanist
Designer(s) Lucas de Groot
Foundry Microsoft
Date created 2004
Calibri sample text
An example of "Calibri" Regular, Bold and Italic.

Calibri is a humanist sans-serif typeface family under the Microsoft ClearType Font Collection. In Microsoft Office 2007, it replaced Times New Roman as the default typeface in Word[1] and replaced Arial as the default in PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, and WordPad. It continued to be the default typeface in Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Office 2013 applications.

Calibri was designed by Lucas de Groot for Microsoft to take advantage of Microsoft's ClearType rendering technology.[2]


The font features subtly rounded stems and corners that are visible at larger sizes. The typeface includes characters from Latin, Latin extended, Greek and Cyrillic scripts. OpenType features include small caps, subscripts and superscripts, and extra ligatures.

As with other Sans Serif ClearType Collection fonts, it includes italic type features, which are common in modern typefaces.

The font contains a homoglyph – the lowercase letter L and the uppercase letter i (l and I) of the Latin script are practically indistinguishable.


The typeface is distributed with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac and Microsoft Office 2013. The current version is 5.86.

The typeface is available in Google Docs as of September 2010.[3]

Calibri Light is included in Microsoft Windows 8 and later. Calibri and Calibri Light are the default fonts of Microsoft Word 2013 for body text and headings respectively.

This font, along with Cambria, Candara, Consolas, Corbel and Constantia, is also distributed with various free Office viewers,[4][5][6] the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack[7] and the Open XML File Format Converter for Mac.[8]

The typeface is licensed by Ascender Corporation for use by end users, consumer electronics device manufacturers and other users. The typeface is also licensed by Monotype Imaging to printer manufacturers as part of the Vista 8 Font Set package.

In 2013, as part of Chrome, Google released a freely-licensed font called Carlito, which is metric-compatible to Calibri (i.e. can replace it in a document without changing the layout).[9]


Calibri won the TDC2 2005 award from the Type Directors Club under the Type System category.[10]


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