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I am a TeX Live user and I am wondering if there is a comprehensive reference which clearly explains how to go about changing default fonts in LaTeX.

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For beginners, one can simply use a font package, see:

For advanced user:

With XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX:

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Actually, I am trying to change the default latex fonts and not sure what commands to use in the preamble. – isildur Jun 28 '11 at 5:55
@isildur Usually, this is done by loading a certain package. Which font do you want to use? – Michael Ummels Jun 28 '11 at 9:30

Chapter 8 of Formatting Information, section 2 "Using Fonts". http://latex.silmaril.ie/formattinginformation/typographics.html#fontuse

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This section has been updated (along with the rest of the document) to reflect the growing use of XeLaTeX and TTF/OTF fonts – Peter Flynn Apr 3 at 18:40

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