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How to change / customize navigation pane font size in Outlook?

Author: Siluvia Last Modified: 2014-02-13

By default, the Outlook Navigation Pane appears with its original font size. For Outlook users, have you ever noticed that the font size of Navigation Pane can be resized? This tutorial is going to guide you how to change the navigation pane font size in Outlook.

Change navigation pane font size in Outlook 2010

Change navigation pane font size in Outlook 2007/2013

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arrow blue right bubble Change navigation pane font size in Outlook 2010

In Outlook 2010, you can change the navigation pane font size as follows.

1. In the navigation pane, click the Configure button to show the list. And then select Navigation Pane Options from the list. See screenshot:

Or you can enter the Navigation Pane Options dialog by clicking View > Navigation Pane > Options as the below screenshot shown.

3. Now the Navigation Pane Options dialog popping up, click Font button.

4. In the Font dialog, choose the font style or size for your needs, and then click OK to close the dialog.

5. When it returns to the previous dialog, click OK to close it.

And now the font size of the Navigation Pane has been changed. See screenshots:


arrow blue right bubble Change navigation pane font size in Outlook 2007/2013

In Outlook 2007 and 2013, there is no feature for you to change the font size of the navigation pane as conveniently as in Outlook 2010. You can change the navigation’s font size by changing the general Appearance settings of Windows. In Windows 7, please do as this:

1. Go to Start > Control panel > Appearance and Personalization > Personalization, and in the window, click Window Color option, see screenshot:

2. And then click Advanced appearance settings hyperlink.

3. In the popped out Window Color and Appearance dialog, under the Item option dropdown list, choose Menu, then change the font and size as you need. See screenshot:

4. After finishing the settings, click OK > Save changes to close the dialogs. And the font and size in the navigation pane will be changed.

Note: These changes to the Appearance settings of Windows will affect more than just the navigation pane in Outlook, so when you apply this feature, you should be cautious.


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When I have mail, calendar, contacts at the bottom, there is a navigation bar that shows the above options, but when I click on mail, the only thing it has is to move up or down. I wanted to use outlook, but everything is so tiny.
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That may work with Office 2010, but not 2016. They took the Font Option out.
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I have outlook 365 and the colour of the visualization panel is grey, difficult to read on a white background. So I would like to change the colour of the font to black, to be able to read it better (I am not talking about the messages but the panel that lists the received or sent emails).

How can I change the colour of the visualization panel?
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You cant. Been removed in Outlook since 2016, despite hude demand from user is it still so in 2021 !
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YAY! This works like a charm....Thanks a bunch!
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Been trying to fix my navigation pane text size for hours, googled it to death, but this page delivered the goods, many thanks
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