Quickly Toggle Fonts in Google Docs

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I spend a fair amount working in technical documents within Google Docs at work. Due to the content of these documents, there will be parts of them that visually resonate with a monospaced font (i.e., name of a class/module/method). Unfortunately, Google Docs does not natively support Markdown for code spans by surrounding text with backtick quotes.

Ways to Toggle Fonts in Google Docs

Option 1 – Using the Mouse

Mouse to the Font select and pick one

→ Click to see GIF ← Toggle font mouse

Option 2 – Keyboard using the Menu Search

Use the menu search option via the keyboard Option+/ (or Alt+/) and type the font name, then push enter

→ Click to see GIF ← Toggle font keyboard menu

Option 3 - Global Hotkey Triggering AppleScript

Use a global hotkey Hyper+C to automate Option 2 (and let you toggle between two fonts)

→ Click to see GIF ← Toggle font keyboard applescript

The AppleScript Code

The following is the dump of the AppleScript I’m using. It has some guards in place to ensure that it only works when your focus is in Google Chrome and the current tab is a Google Doc (or Sheet/Slide).

The fonts will toggle between Arial and Roboto Mono (although easy enough to modify to your own preference). The Font selector works for me… however Google could change it at anytime, breaking this flow.

This code can then be put into a global hotkey (using something like Alfred or Raycast).

# Check to make sure we are focused on Google Chrome
tell application "System Events"
    set activeApp to name of first application process whose frontmost is true

    if "Google Chrome" is not activeApp then
        log "Google Chrome isn't active application"
        return
    end if
end tell

# Check to make sure we are in a https://docs.google.com/
tell application "Google Chrome"
    set activeURL to get URL of active tab of first window

    if activeURL does not contain "https://docs.google.com/" then
        log "URL is not under https://docs.google.com"
        return
    end if
end tell

tell application "Google Chrome"
    tell active tab of front window to set fontFamily to execute javascript "document.querySelector('#docs-font-family > div > div > div.goog-toolbar-menu-button-caption.goog-inline-block').innerHTML;"

    if fontFamily is missing value then
        log "No Font Found"
        return
    end if
end tell

tell application "System Events"
    delay 0.2
    keystroke "/" using option down
    delay 0.2

    if fontFamily = "Roboto Mono" then
        keystroke "Arial"
    else
        keystroke "Roboto Mono"
    end if

    delay 0.2
    keystroke return
end tell