Arial font family


A contemporary sans serif design, Arial contains more humanist characteristics than many of its predecessors and as such is more in tune with the mood of the last decades of the twentieth century. The overall treatment of curves is softer and fuller than in most industrial style sans serif faces. Terminal strokes are cut on the diagonal which helps to give the face a less mechanical appearance. Arial is an extremely versatile family of typefaces which can be used with equal success for text setting in reports, presentations, magazines etc, and for display use in newspapers, advertising and promotions.

Arial version history

Version 2.55 - This WGL4 version of Arial was first supplied with the Final Windows 95 euro update that shipped on 4 November 1998. This version contains the euro.

Version 2.50 - This version of Arial is supplied with European versions of Windows 98. North American users can add it by installing multilanguage support. This version contains the euro.

Version 2.45 - This Win ANSI version of Arial is supplied with the US version of Windows 98.

Version 2.01 - This special version of Arial is only supplied with the beta version of the Windows 95 euro update patch.

Version 2.00 (Win ANSI) - This Win ANSI version of Arial is supplied with Windows 95.

Version 2.00 (WGL4) - This WGL4 version of Arial is supplied with Windows 95 and Windows NT4. This version does not contain the euro.

Version 1.00 - This version was supplied with Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups 3.11.

File name Arial.ttf
Styles & Weights Arial
Arial Bold
Arial Bold Italic
Arial Italic
Designers Monotype Type Drawing Office - Robin Nicholas, Patricia Saunders 1982
Copyright © 2017 The Monotype Corporation. All Rights Reserved.
Hebrew OpenType Layout logic copyright © 2003 & 2007, Ralph Hancock & John Hudson. This layout logic for Biblical Hebrew is open source software under the MIT License; see embedded license description for details.
Font vendor Agfa Monotype Corporation
Script Tags dlng:'Armn', 'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Latn'
slng:'Arab', 'Armn', 'Cyrl', 'Grek', 'Hebr', 'Latn'
Code pages 1252 Latin 1
1250 Latin 2: Eastern Europe
1251 Cyrillic
1253 Greek
1254 Turkish
1255 Hebrew
1256 Arabic
1257 Windows Baltic
1258 Vietnamese
OEM OEM Character Set
869 IBM Greek
866 MS-DOS Russian
865 MS-DOS Nordic
864 Arabic
863 MS-DOS Canadian French
862 Hebrew
861 MS-DOS Icelandic
860 MS-DOS Portuguese
857 IBM Turkish
855 IBM Cyrillic; primarily Russian
852 Latin 2
775 MS-DOS Baltic
737 Greek; former 437 G
708 Arabic; ASMO 708
850 WE/Latin 1
437 US
Fixed pitch False

Licensing and redistribution info

  • Font redistribution FAQ for Windows
  • License Microsoft fonts for enterprises, web developers, for hardware & software redistribution or server installations

Products that supply this font

Product name Font version
Windows 11 See the Windows 11 page.
Windows 10 See the Windows 10 page.
Windows 8.1 See the Windows 8.1 page.
Windows 8 See the Windows 8 page.
Windows 7 See the Windows 7 page.
Windows Vista 5.01
Windows XP SP2 3.00
Windows XP 2.95
Windows 2000 2.76
Windows 98 Second Edition 2.76
Windows 98 2.50
Windows 95 2.00
Windows 3.1 1.00
Windows Server 2008 5.01
Windows Server 2003 2.95
Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 2.00
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP4 2.50
Windows NT Workstation 4.0 2.00
Windows NT Workstation 3.5 1.77

This typeface is also available within Office applications. For more information visit this page.

Style & weight examples