Change the font size in Outlook for Mac

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Last updated: March 5, 2018

Change the text size of the sidebar, message list, and reading pane

You now have the ability to increase the display size of the sidebar (1), mail list (2), and reading pane (3) text.

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

Change the font size temporarily for messages

To temporarily increase or decrease the font size of messages:

  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

    The changes will be applied to all mail in the selected folder, or subfolder. However, if you navigate to a mail in another folder or subfolder, you will lose your changes. For a more permanent solution to change the font size, you can change the text size of the sidebar, message list, and reading pane and change the font size of incoming or outgoing messages.

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

To change the default font for incoming and outgoing 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. For example, click Font next to New mail to select a default font for new messages, or next to Reply or forward to set a font for outgoing messages.

  3. On the Font tab, choose the default Font, Font style, Size, 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.

Change the text size when composing an email

You can make your text larger or smaller when composing an email message. This is a temporary setting that's only used during the compose phase. The font returns to its default size once you send the message.

  1. Place the cursor in the body of the email message you're composing.

  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

See Also

Customize views in Outlook 2016 for Mac

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