Change the font in Outlook for Mac

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Last updated: January 5, 2017

Change the text size when composing an email with the Zoom feature

When composing an email, the on-screen text size can be zoomed larger or smaller without affecting the font point size when sending the email. This feature is available only when composing an email, not when reading a received email. The zoom setting is persistent across email compositions and is used for all email compositions. To zoom the text size when composing an email:

Pinch/zoom with a multi-touch capable trackpad

  1. Place the cursor in the body of the email.

  2. Using two fingers, pinch together or spread apart to decrease or increase the text size on screen.

Zoom the text size with the application menu

  1. Place the cursor in the body of the email.

  2. Select Format > Zoom.

    Shows selecting Zoom on the Format menu

  3. Select a zoom percentage or enter a custom percent.

    Shows the Zoom dialog box

Change the text size of the sidebar, message list, and reading pane (Insider Fast only)

Insiders: You now have the ability to increase the display size of the sidebar (1), mail list (2), and reading pane (3) text. This feature is available in version 16.7 (171017) and later.

A diagram of the text display size options in Outlook

  1. Go to Outlook > Preferences > Fonts.

  2. Move the slider left or right.

    Move the slider left or right to change the text display size

This feature will be available to all users at a later date.

Change the font size for received messages

To increase or decrease the font size of messages you have received:

  1. Select a message from your Inbox or other folder, including Sent and Drafts.

  2. Select Format > Increase Font Size or Decrease Font Size.

    On the Format menu select Increase Font Size or Decrease Font Size

Note: Incoming HTML messages often have font styles and font sizes applied to the text. The default font and font sizes that you select will not affect the formatting of these incoming messages.

Choose a default font for composing messages

  1. Select Outlook > Preferences > Fonts.

  2. In the Default fonts for composing messages section click the Font button next to the composition style you want to edit.

  3. On the Font tab, choose the default Font, Font style, Color & Underline, and Effects.

    Shows the Font tab in the Font dialog box

  4. On the Advanced tab, adjust default character spacing and typography.

    Shows the Advanced tab in the Font dialog box

  5. Click OK to save the changes.

  6. Repeat steps 2 through 5 for each composition style you want to edit.

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