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Outlook: Change the font (style, size, and color) of unread group header

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2022-09-22

Change the font of unread group header, and make your messages list attract attention more easily. Here we will show you how to change the font style, size, and color of unread group header of mail list in Microsoft Outlook.

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The following steps will help you quickly change the font style, font size, and font color of unread group header.

Step 1: Shift to the Mail view with clicking the Mail in the Navigation Pane.

Step 2: Select the folder that you will change the font of unread group headers in it.

Step 3: Open the Advanced View Settings: compact (or Custom View: Messages) dialog box by following one of the below paths:

  • In Outlook 2010 or newer versions, please click the View Settings button in the Current View group on the View tab.
  • In Outlook 2007, please click the View > Current View > Customize Current View.

Step 4: In the popping up dialog box, please click the Conditional Formatting button (or Automatic Formatting in Outlook 2007).

Step 5: In the Conditional Formatting dialog box:

  1. Uncheck all options except the Unread group headers option in the Rules for this view: box
  2. Click the Font button.

Step 6: In the Font dialog box:

  1. Select a font face in the Font: box. In our case, we select the Segoe Print.
  2. Select a font style in the Font style: box. In our case, we select the Bold Oblique.
  3. Select a font size in the Size: box. In our case, we select the Bigger.
  4. Select one font color in the Color: box. In our case we select the red color.

Step 7: Click all OK buttons in each dialog box.

Go back to the mail interface of Microsoft Outlook, and you will see that the unread group headers display as red Segoe Print font, and the font is Bold Oblique and Bigger. See the following screenshot:

Note: This set is only valid for the select folder. Applying the changed unread group header for all mail folders in your Microsoft Outlook, please click the Change View > Apply Current View to Other Mail Folders on the View tab.

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Is there a way to reset back to the default color/setting once it has been changed? I am trying to get the "Custom" blue color back that was originally set by microsoft. Thanks
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Hi there, after clicking the "View Settings" button on the ribbon, you'll see a "Reset Current View" button in the dialog's lower-left corner. Click it to reset font settings.

Note: This action will reset all custom settings, including other modifications. So, if you have other custom settings, it might be better to manually adjust the font back instead of clicking "Reset Current View."

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How do I change background color for "Unread Group Header"?
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Hi there,

Sorry that Outlook does not support changing background color.

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This makes *every* group header bold and red, regardless of whether or not there's unread mail in that group. Is there a way to apply this effect only to groups containing unread mail? Thanks
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How do I colour code my headings for my saved emails?
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Thanks it was helpful
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