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Outlook: change font size and color for incoming email messages

Author: Kelly Last Modified: 2014-03-03

Normally you can enlarge or reduce the view for an incoming email with the Zoom feature (Ctrl + + or Ctrl + -) when you are viewing it. However, the font size will change to normal (100%) when you switch to other incoming emails. Moreover, it is not able to change the font style, color, and more. Actually there is a trick to change the font for all incoming emails. Here we will show you the trick to change the font size and color for all incoming email messages automatically in Microsoft Outlook.

Change font size and color for incoming emails in Outlook 2010 and 2013

Change font size and color for incoming emails in Outlook 2007

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Firstly of all, we will guide you to change the font size and color for all incoming email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2010 and 2013. You can do it as following.

Step 1: Configure your Outlook 2010 or 2013, and change all incoming email messages into plain text. Click to know how to configure.

Step 2: Click the File > Options.

Step 3: In the Outlook Options dialog box, click the Mail in the left bar.

Step 4: Go to the Compose messages section, and click the Stationery and Fonts button.

Step 5: In the Signatures and Stationery dialog box, click the Font button in the Composing and reading plain text messages section. See the following screen shot:

Step 6: In the Font dialog box, change font for incoming emails:

Select a font face in the Font: box. And in our case we select the Calibri.

  1. Select a font style in the Font style: box. And in our case we select the Bold.
  2. Select a font size in the Size: box. And in our case we select the 16.
  3. Select one color in the Font color: box. And in our case we select the green color.

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

Then go back to the main interface of Microsoft Outlook, and preview an incoming email in the Reading Pane. You will get the content of the incoming email with green bold font, and the font is Calibri and 16. See the following screen shot:


arrow blue right bubbleChange font size and color for incoming emails in Outlook 2007

There is a litter difference to configure and change the font size and color for all incoming email messages in Microsoft Outlook 2007.

Step 1: Configure your Outlook 2007, and change all incoming email messages into plain text. Click to know how to configure.

Step 2: Click the Tools > Options.

Step 3: Click the Stationery and Fonts button on the Mail Format tab.

Then the Signature and Stationery dialog box comes out, and you can follow the same steps we described for Outlook 2010 to change the font for all incoming email messages.


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The problem many of us are trying to solve is to eliminate the fancy fonts that some folks use, as they can be disruptively hard to read. Windows allows you to delete fonts that you don't want to see. The result is that when someone uses a font you don't have, it defaults to the standard font. Go to Control Panel and type in "fonts" and it will bring up the dialog for adding and deleting fonts.
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This didn't work for my Outlook
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I am trying to set a default font size such that when I open any new email it will have a default font size of fourteen rather than the current default 9 point font. So far I have found lots of ways to configure my stationary, but no one mentions setting defaults for newly opened email.
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Done.. but it looses the originality of the HTML email style. i it possible set zoom at 150% as a default setting?
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SIAN, you are the best thank you!!
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