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How to change Ribbon font size in Outlook in windows 7/8/10?

It may be easy for Outlook users to change the font size in Navigation Pane, change font size for creating/replying/forwarding messages, or change the font size in notes, etc. However, have you even thought of changing the font size in the Ribbon, and how? Actually, you must configure the settings in the Control Panel of Windows if you want to enlarge or decrease the font in Outlook Ribbon. In this article I will describe the way about changing Ribbon font size in Outlook step by step.

Change Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 7

Change Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 8

Change Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 10


arrow blue right bubbleChange Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 7

If you are currently working in Windows 7, you can change the Ribbon font size in Outlook with following steps:

Step 1: Go to the desktop, right click a blank place and select the Personalize from the right-clicking menu.

Step 2: In the popping up Control Panel (Personalization), click the Windows Color button at the bottom.

Step 3: In the new Control Panel, click the text of Advanced appearance settings. See screen shot:

Step 4: Now you get into the Window Color and Appearance dialog box,

(1) Click the Items box, and select the Menu from the drop down list;

(2) Click the Font box, and specify a kind of font from the drop down list;

(3) Click the Size box besides the Font box, and specify a font size from the drop down list.

(4) Click the OK button to apply the changes.

Step 5: Close the control panel.


arrow blue right bubbleChange Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 8

In Windows 8, to change the Ribbon font size in Microsoft Outlook, please do as following:

Step 1: Go to the desktop, right click a blank place and select the Personalize from the right-clicking menu.

Step 2: In the Popping up Control Panel (Personalization), please click the Display at the left. See screen shot:

Step 3: Now the Control Panel (Display) opens. Go to the Change only the text size section, click the first box and select the Menus from the drop down list, then click the second box and specify a font size from the drop down list.

Step 4: Click the Apply button, and close the Control Panel.

Now all fonts in the Ribbon of Microsoft Outlook are changed at once.


Change Ribbon font size in Outlook in Windows 10

If you are working at Windows 10, just do as these:

In the desktop, right click to display context menu, click Display Settings.
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Then in the Settings window, drag button in Change the size of text, apps, and other items: section to resize the ribbon font. Click Apply to take it effect.
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Seriously, THANKS! This was exactly what I needed and you're an eye-saver!
jimr
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been working on resizing this for a while.....thank you!
MJS
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There is a command in Office 2013 menu "Optimize Spacing Between Commands", select "Mouse", and the ribbon resizes down to smaller version found in Office 2010. Set it in any Office program and this sets the ribbon size in all Office apps incl Excel and Word as well. Complete fluke finding it but now I've gotten back the small ribbons and have room for all the macro commands that were on my customized QAT.
donh
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I can't even find this setting and if searched everywhere I don't think I have it. I've tried every single fix on here and I just cannot figure out how to make my ribbons smaller My icons are fine and other applications aside from windows are fine All of my text settings are set to 100% and I can't go any lower but my ribbon and menu items are all huge
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That command is in the Quick Access Toolbar for 365. Select Touch/Mouse mode, then select Mouse mode to reduce the size to "normal."https://www.officetooltips.com/excel_2016/tips/how_to_reduce_ribbon_size_in_excel.html
Dave
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Thanks a lot for this explanatory page!
Ali
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Changing the text size in 'Display' settings worked like a charm ! Cheers :)
Kashyap Parikh
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Ribbon font size got big all of a sudden one day, even the fonts at the desktop. But the fonts of icons or title menus were able to be changed to smaller ones but the Ribbon font size won't seem to change even after changing the font size. Please help me out
Hanim
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Doesn't work in Windows 10, i.e. no way to change the ribbon font size or size of the ribbon when it's displayed. Windows 10 = piece of garbage. Win 7 far better.
Sam McNeil
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Still doesn't work in Windows 10. Agree with other posters about Win 10 being garbage.
Ron
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This worked great for me in Windows 10! Not only did it fix my huge Outlook 2016 ribbon, but it also made my entire Windows environment better! Much appreciated.
Thom
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The solution above did not work for me, but I figured it out. For Windows 10 Enterprise, get to the Windows Settings home screen. Click the "Ease of Access" option. You will see a section that says "Make Everything Bigger" where you can "Change the size of apps and text on the main display." My setting was already set to the recommended 150% but for some reason my Outlook ribbon/toolbar was smaller than usual. I clicked the 125% option which obviously didn't help and then back to 150%, which fixed the problem. Follow these steps and you should be good to go!
Vance
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My ribbon icons and text were ridiculously large. This is how I fixed it:
File/Options/General/User Interface Options / When using multiple display = Optmize for compatibility

Prior to that it was set to "Optmize for best appearance"

You will need to restart Outlook after changing this setting.
Harry
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This worked for me. Thanks for the help!
Travis
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it work to perfection - thank you :)
MSommer
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Thank you, worked for me!
Steve Rowbottom
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My ribbon icons and text were ridiculously SMALL. This worked for me, thank you!
Jenna
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Thank You. This worked!
DPalz
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Worked Grate. Thank you!
John
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Yes, this worked. the Author's solution to change everything wasn't an option as other apps were not affected.
Helder
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Thank you for Actually having a fix for this.
A Johnson
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Thank you for a real fix, rather than a workaround!
MJa
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You're the best. THANKS!!!
jefftberg
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After a year still helping people like me :)Thanks!
Marco
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It worked, thanks a lot
Alexandre
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THANK YOU!  Much appreciated! :)
Victoria
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Thank you, Flashman! It's just what I needed and I would  never have figured that out on my own!!
Susan
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Owe you a beer for that. Thanks.
Craig
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Craig,
I owe you a beer for that now!!! hahaha Many thanks.
The "My First Outlook" is now back to adult version!
Mark
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Thanks pal!
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