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Change Your Font Size In Microsoft Outlook

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  • Simple instructions that cover Windows, macOS, and the Web.
  • Changing your font size in Outlook 365.
  • Here’s how to change it in the Message list.
  • The Reading Pane just got enlarged.
  • Microsoft 365 Outlook solutions from this resource.

Microsoft 365 Outlook is a powerful email client that helps you stay organized and fully connected. One of the great things about this application is the ability to customize how you want to use it. For example, you can change the font size to make emails easier to read.

In today’s Tuesday Tech Tip, Curtis Hyde, Sales & Marketing Director with Colorado Computer Support, shows you how easy it is to change your font size Outlook. And as always, we’ve provided Microsoft’s simple instructions for you to reference for Windows, macOS, and the Web.

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How To Change Your Font Size In Outlook 365

The steps below are from Microsoft’s website when you need to change or set a new default font in Microsoft Outlook.[1] These quick instructions apply to these versions of Outlook:

  • Outlook for Microsoft 365
  • Outlook 2021
  • Outlook 2019
  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013

It will not apply to Outlook 2010 or 2007.


Go to File > Options > Mail > Stationery and Fonts…

Select the font you want to change.

  • New mail messages – Sets the default font for original messages you compose.
  • Replying or forwarding messages – You can have a different font on messages you’re forwarding or replying to. This setting is mainly for the two check boxes that let you mark your comments with your name (or other text) or with a different text color.
  • Composing and reading plain text messages – Plain text messages will be received by the other person with a standard font. But if you want to use a nicer font when composing your message, you can. Do note that particular font isn’t sent with the message you wrote.

Choose the options you want for your default fonts, such as font size and style.

Select OK back out to save your changes.


Go to Outlook > Preferences > Fonts

Change the font for New mail, Reply or forward, or Plain text.

Under Text display size, change the text size by using the slider.


You can change fonts if you use HTML format to compose new messages.

Go to Settings > View all Outlook settings > Compose and reply.

Under Message format, set Compose messages in to HTML format.

Set the font and size you want for the default.

Select Save.

[1] Change or Set The Default Font in Microsoft Outlook

How To Change The Font and Size In The Message List

The steps below are from Microsoft’s website when you need to change the font or size in your Outlook message list.[2] These quick instructions apply to these versions of Outlook:

  • Outlook for Microsoft 365
  • Outlook 2021
  • Outlook 2019
  • Outlook 2016
  • Outlook 2013
  • Outlook 2010

It will not apply to Outlook 2007

To scan through your Inbox quicker. It’s always best to enlarge the text in your message’s subject lines and column header for effortless reading, or you can change the font.

Click on Mail.

Click on View > View Settings.

Click on Other Settings.

  1. To change the font or its size for your column headers in your Inbox, click on Column Font and make your adjustment.
  2. To change the font or size of your message subject lines in your Inbox, click on Row Font and make the necessary adjustment.

[2] Change The Font or Font Size in The Message List

How To Temporarily Enlarge an Email in the Reading Pane

In your Reading Pane, you can adjust the contents of an email by enlarging it, making it easier to read.

However, increasing the text size in the Reading Pane applies only to the email you are currently reading. The body text will default back to the font size when you click another email.

Click once on the message you want to preview in the Reading Pane.

In the bottom right corner of the Outlook window, drag the zoom bar right (for larger text).

Microsoft 365 Outlook Solutions From Colorado Computer Support

There’s always an easy solution if you have any issues or problems changing your fonts or resizing them. With every new version of Microsoft updates, our team quickly uncovers what changed so we can help you.

For more information, Colorado Computer Support is always ready to help. Call us now at (719) 310-3035.

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