Favourite Microsoft system fonts

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Favourite Microsoft system fonts
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Hello everyone, I'm new here at Typophile.

Microsoft products (MS Windows & MS Office) come with a variety of serif fonts. If you were limited to use Microsoft serif fonts only (for printed text), which would be your favourites to use?

I like Century Schoolbook, Goudy Old Style and Book Antiqua (Palatino Linotype has a wider line spacing by default).

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Me, Georgia.
But why this limit?

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Thank you. The limit is because I am asking about MS system fonts only. Fonts supplied with MS Windows and MS Office are the most common MS system fonts people use, I assume…

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Like Hrant, I choose Georgia. Matthew Carter has a remarkable ability to apply the master craftsman's touch to mass-produced workhorse typefaces. When I'm writing letters or reports that only have to look professional, not capital-D Designed, I always use Georgia. And when it's necessary for business reasons to work in PowerPoint, I prefer to use Georgia, because it'll look like a grownup did it, but it won't default to Courier on my client's screen.

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Georgia looks good. But don't you think Georgia is a bit too bold for print? It's an often heard criticism... Which line spacing do you use when using Georgia?

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too bold for print
If I'm going to print something, I don't need to concern myself with whether my reader has the same fonts installed on the device they're reading on. Therefore, I don't need to limit myself to MS system fonts.
When I do use Georgia, I use leading about 1/4 of the point size (12/15, 24/30, etc ), if space permits.

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I prefer somewhat dark text fonts (both aesthetically and functionally) so to me that's a plus. :-) The linespacing of course depends on the line length; that said, due to its larger-than-average x-height, use a greater-than-usual linespacing.

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Valid points. Georgia does need a wider line spacing. Thank you guys.