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#### 8.1.7 Font selection

By setting the object properties described below, you can select a font from the preconfigured font families. LilyPond has default support for the feta music fonts. Text fonts are selected through Pango/FontConfig. The serif font defaults to New Century Schoolbook, the sans and typewriter to whatever the Pango installation defaults to.

• `font-encoding` is a symbol that sets layout of the glyphs. This should only be set to select different types of non-text fonts, e.g.

`fetaBraces` for piano staff braces, `fetaMusic` the standard music font, including ancient glyphs, `fetaDynamic` for dynamic signs and `fetaNumber` for the number font.

• `font-family` is a symbol indicating the general class of the typeface. Supported are `roman` (Computer Modern), `sans`, and `typewriter`.
• `font-shape` is a symbol indicating the shape of the font. There are typically several font shapes available for each font family. Choices are `italic`, `caps`, and `upright`.
• `font-series` is a symbol indicating the series of the font. There are typically several font series for each font family and shape. Choices are `medium` and `bold`.

Fonts selected in the way sketched above come from a predefined style sheet. If you want to use a font from outside the style sheet, then set the `font-name` property,

```{
\override Staff.TimeSignature #'font-name = #"Charter"
\override Staff.TimeSignature #'font-size = #2
\time 3/4
c'1_\markup {
\override #'(font-name . "Vera Bold")
{ This text is in Vera Bold }
}
}

```

Any font can be used, as long as it is available to Pango/FontConfig. To get a full list of all available fonts, run the command

```lilypond -dshow-available-fonts blabla
```

(the last argument of the command can be anything, but has to be present).

The size of the font may be set with the `font-size` property. The resulting size is taken relative to the `text-font-size` as defined in the `\paper` block.

It is also possible to change the default font family for the entire document. This is done by calling the `make-pango-font-tree` from within the `\paper` block. The function takes names for the font families to use for roman, sans serif and monospaced text. For example,

```\paper  {
myStaffSize = #20

#(define fonts
(make-pango-font-tree "Times New Roman"
"Nimbus Sans"
"Luxi Mono"
(/ myStaffSize 20)))
}

{
c'^\markup { roman: foo \sans bla \typewriter bar }
}

```