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CSS Bootstrap 4 Basics (Retired) Responsive Layouts with the Bootstrap Grid Styling Content

Bootstrap 4 font type

Bootstrap 4 and Bootstrap 3 have (slightly different) font types. Is there a way to switch the fonts in Boostrap back to the old one?

1 Answer

Jacob Tollette
Jacob Tollette
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Well, according to BS4 documentation on typography , they chose to use a native font stack that selects the "best font-family for each OS and device." That said, there are several ways to override the font stack, it just depends on how you're using the framework.

If you're using a compiled (dist) version (like from the CDN or a downloaded .css file), you'll need to override all the font families manually. For example:

body {
  font-family: "Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;

That would override the font for all child elements of the <body> that aren't explicitly set (like inputs and <pre>).

I snagged that stack from BS3. If you're missing fonts, you'll need to include them either locally or through a CDN (like google fonts).

If you're using Sass, change the value of $font-family-base in _variables.scss and compile.

Here's a refresher on Web Fonts if you need it.