Thanks to this tweet, I learned today how to change which font you see in Slack. And to be honest, I’m more than happy to have discovered this on a Friday because I’ve spent the last hour trying ridiculous fonts just to realize I did not know how to restore it.
If you want to try this for yourself, you can just write / slackfont followed by the name of a font you have locally. Yes, / slackfont Comic Sans MS Works. So do / slackfont Wingdings. You need to make sure you write what the font is called locally for you, so / slackfont Comic Sans does not work; it has to be / slackfont Comic Sans MS. After a little quick googling and cool refreshing of the Twitter thread, I discovered that to restore the default font, simply type in / slackfont and press Enter.
Although it’s fun to play with, it makes me appreciate the standard font that Slack uses. It highlights how much thought goes into ensuring that the font thickness, kerning and size are optimal for the environment in which it is viewed. Changing the font to an old font is a good way to show how a font can actually fail and look bad in an environment, even if it looks good elsewhere.
Here are some screenshots of my favorites: