Category Sans-serif
Classification Neo-grotesque sans-serif
Designer(s) Robin Nicholas
Patricia Saunders
Foundry Monotype Imaging
Date released 1982
License Proprietary
Design based on Monotype Grotesque

Arial, sometimes marketed or displayed in software as Arial MT, is a sans-serif typeface and set of computer fonts. Fonts from the Arial family are packaged with all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 3.1 onwards, some other Microsoft software applications, Apple Mac OS X and many PostScript 3 computer printers. The typeface was designed in 1982 by a 10-person team, led by Robin Nicholas and Patricia Saunders, for Monotype Typography. It was created to be metrically identical to the popular typeface Helvetica, with all character widths identical, so that a document designed in Helvetica could be displayed and printed correctly without having to pay for a Helvetica license.


Official letters
Letter Name Letter Name
Arial - a (double-storey)Latin small letter a Arial - bLatin small letter b
Arial - cLatin small letter c Arial - dLatin small letter d
Arial - eLatin small letter e Arial - fLatin small letter f
Arial - gLatin small letter g Arial - hLatin small letter h
Arial - iLatin small letter i Arial - j (double-storey)Latin small letter j
Arial - k (double-storey)Latin small letter k Arial - lLatin small letter l
Arial - mLatin small letter m Arial - nLatin small letter n
Arial - oLatin small letter o Arial - pLatin small letter p
Arial - qLatin small letter q Arial - rLatin small letter r
Arial - sLatin small letter s Arial - t (double-storey)Latin small letter t
Arial - uLatin small letter u Arial - vLatin small letter v
Arial - wLatin small letter w Arial - xLatin small letter x
Arial - y (double-storey)Latin small letter y Arial - zLatin small letter z
Alternate letters
Letter Name Letter Name
Arial - a (single-storey)Latin single-storey a Arial - j (single-storey)Latin single-storey j
Arial - k (single-storey)Latin single-storey k Arial - t (single-storey)Latin single-storey t
Arial - y (single-storey)Latin single-storey y

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