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On 11/2/2020 at 5:53 PM, AaronCShumaker530 said:

Hello!  I'm wondering where I can find the setting where I can change the default font setting across *all* notes when I start the note.  I want to change the default font and size so I don't have to do this every time I create a new note.  How and where can I do this? Thanks!

If you are on Mac and using the new app, you can't yet. The settings menu and options is still being added to. With the new framework I'm not sure what we will have once it is added, but for now, you are stuck with what is stock. You can run the legacy apps and new apps side-by-side if you need to. I'm doing it and this is one of the reasons. 

If you want to download the legacy app you can do so here.

https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052560314-Install-an-older-version-of-Evernote

 

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Just now, AaronCShumaker530 said:

Awesome, thanks Sayre - really appreciate the post!

You're welcome. I made a note to come back and comment when and if it becomes available. :) May see you in a week or a month but I'll update lol.

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Hi.  A lot of features are temporarily stripped out in the new version. If your issue relates to one of these you can get it back by going 'legacy*',  but many are -at least temporarily- unavailable in the new app.  We don't yet know what's coming back,  or in what timescale or order.  Sorry.

*See: https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052560314-Install-an-older-version-of-Evernote

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I'm sorry to hear that I can no longer (at least as of today) change the global font in Evernote Mac (10.2.4). The new default font is terrible and the line spacing is ridiculously large. Even on short notes I need to scroll. Longer notes are ridiculous. I'm wondering why this newest version was even released when none of the app preferences are there any longer.

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It was one of the most supported requests prior of v10 that documents should look alike on all platforms.

Well, here we are:

Fonts are not universal, many are linked to a specific OS. Windows brings along its own set of fonts, MacOS does the same etc. They can only be used together with the OS, or need to be licensed. EN can not ignore the licensing issue, because as a company they would be vulnerable to legal action if they did. A font set on a Mac, from the fonts installed there, will make a note not look the same on Windows, because the font will probably not be there. A note created with Windows fonts will look differently on iOS, because the font was replaced, and so on.

So EN implemented the obvious solution: The client comes ready with its own (small) set of fonts, identical on all platforms. By this the user request to get look alike notes can be fulfilled. For basic note taking this should be sufficient, not for more advanced layout.

If EN will in addition allow the use of user specific fonts in the future is not clear - in the release notes they don’t comment on it. Not positively in the section „future releases“, not negatively in the section „gone for good“. So we can open a new request on this.

As a workaround use a word processor like Pages or MS Word, where you can set the properties to your liking.

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1 hour ago, pkazmercyk said:

I'm sorry to hear that I can no longer (at least as of today) change the global font in Evernote Mac (10.2.4).

fwiw  There has not been a "global font" setting for Evernote/Mac    
           There was only a default font display on Macs; I think Widows also had a default display setting

Do you have a recommendation for a "global font" that displays well on all devices?

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There is a bunch of fonts preinstalled on Windows, and a similar set (but other fonts) are delivered with Macs. One can easily pick any TrueType font from a PC, copy it and Paste it into the Font Library of a Mac, or vice versa. This works - but is illegal, because the fonts are bound to the OS license.

Fonts that can be used without a license exist, maybe the biggest such family of fonts being Google Fonts. Very nice - unless you learn that they are used for tracking devices as well. Other fonts with expired licenses exist, but usually are not good locking and don’t show well on digital devices. Most of them are old, predating the digital age.

With nice looking, perfectly scalable and digital native fonts, there is (legally) nothing as a free lunch.

P.S. And don‘t say, let’s take Arial and Times New Roman ... 😱

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Adding my comment from another topic here as well.

I would like the option to change the default font globally as well. I HATE the limited choice in fonts the new version (10.1.7) offers. They're not even actual font choices! It's only (generic) sans-serif or serif.

I understand the font is dependent on the font you have installed on your machine, and that's perfectly fine. I have the fonts I need already installed on my machine and want those fonts to be selectable in Evernote if I install Evernote as an app on my machine (Mac). It was possible in the previous version of Evernote, so why can't it be included in this new version?  

The look of my notes is a major turn off now, because I mainly use Evernote for taking notes. The way the font looks is therefore very important for. I'm re-installing the old version of Evernote and will NOT get back to the latest version of Evernote for Mac until the font issue has been fixed. 

Same comment for the iOS version. 

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On 11/8/2020 at 12:29 AM, PinkElephant said:

There is a bunch of fonts preinstalled on Windows, and a similar set (but other fonts) are delivered with Macs. One can easily pick any TrueType font from a PC, copy it and Paste it into the Font Library of a Mac, or vice versa. This works - but is illegal, because the fonts are bound to the OS license.

Fonts that can be used without a license exist, maybe the biggest such family of fonts being Google Fonts. Very nice - unless you learn that they are used for tracking devices as well. Other fonts with expired licenses exist, but usually are not good locking and don’t show well on digital devices. Most of them are old, predating the digital age.

With nice looking, perfectly scalable and digital native fonts, there is (legally) nothing as a free lunch.

P.S. And don‘t say, let’s take Arial and Times New Roman ... 😱

Arial would be a better choice than the generic Sans Serif option we now have. There's a reason why Arial is still widely used. It's a readable font for reading on a screen. Times new roman I agree :) But TNR work better in print than on screen anyway. 

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On 11/6/2020 at 4:49 PM, Sayre Ambrosio said:

If you are on Mac and using the new app, you can't yet. The settings menu and options is still being added to. With the new framework I'm not sure what we will have once it is added, but for now, you are stuck with what is stock. You can run the legacy apps and new apps side-by-side if you need to. I'm doing it and this is one of the reasons. 

If you want to download the legacy app you can do so here.

https://help.evernote.com/hc/en-us/articles/360052560314-Install-an-older-version-of-Evernote

 

Thanks for posting the link to the legacy version. I've immediately uninstalled the newest version for Mac and went back to the legacy version. Bring back the option to change the font and I'll give the new version another shot. 

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Thank you Sayre! The legacy version is very helpful.

Like many on this thread I'm really surprised they rolled out the new version without the formatting defaults built in. It seems like the new version is not ready for release, or at least should be optional and not rolled out to everyone without first informing them of what is included and what's not in the new version.

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The issue I'm having with the new Evernote is that the new 16pt default text size is too small for me to read. Only workaround is to magnify the window view which does make the fonts larger on screen, but because its magnified it also makes most of my notes run off the right side of the window and I have to scroll horizontally to see the rest of the note. (I mostly use tables to organize notes)

Please bring back the feature for default text size! I would think text size is fundamental. If the letters are too small and its hard to read the note....what's the point of using the software? Fundamentally I'm using it to read and review... aren't I?

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As a alternative.

Try to start new "New Note", then write some letters, then change font, then save this note as a template (Note ---> Save as template).

Next time, when you start new note, you need to use saved template and font will be as you saved.

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my issues apply to the newly released android 10.5 version (but it sounds like they apply equally across all platforms)

i) i want to emphatically join the chorus to request the ability to set the default note text size/font in the new version

ii) *please* give me back the old ui !!! the two options now available, namely dark and light mode simply do not cut it. I need to be able to quickly scroll through my notes without eye-strain or migraines

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On 11/7/2020 at 7:56 AM, pkazmercyk said:

the new default font is terrible and the line spacing is ridiculously large. Even on short notes I need to scroll. Longer notes are ridiculous.

I echo many of the comments above. I don't like the font and line spacing of the next version (March 2021 on Windows PC). And the line spacing puts much less text on the page.

Additionally, the font color is too light, it's a medium grey, I would prefer black for readability.

I also vote for an option to change the default font and line spacing, and ideally font color

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