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How to Change the Default Font and Size in Outlook

This article will show you how to change the default font used by Microsoft Outlook for reading and composing messages. You can change the default font to any font you like; only the fonts that are installed on your computer will limit you.

Outlook 2016, 2013, 2010, Outlook for Microsoft 365, and Outlook for Microsoft 365: Change Fonts

These steps will allow you to set the default font for Outlook desktop.

Outlook 2010 will have different screens, but they will still display the same menu options, locations and functionality.

  1. Go to the > Optionmenu.

  2. Choose the Email category from the left.

  3. Choose Stationery and Fonts.

  4. Choose Font for each section you wish to modify:

    • New mail messages Changes the default font for emails
    • Replying to or forwarded messages Changes the font when you reply or forwarded an email.
    • Reading and writing plain text messages can change the way plain text messages look to you. Plain text messages sent to other people remain in plain text.
  5. You can disable a theme or stationery you have already set up by choosing Theme.

  6. Select the font style, size, color and effect you prefer.

  7. To close the Signatures & Stationery window, select OK twice.
    Outlook 2003 and 2007: Change Fonts

    It is very easy to change default fonts in Outlook 2003 and 2007 using the same process. These screenshots are for Outlook 2007. Any differences in Outlook 2003 will also be noted.

  8. Navigate to the Tools> Options menu.

  9. Select the Email Format tab.

  10. Choose Stationery and Fonts.

    Outlook 2003 users will have to press Fonts.

  11. Choose Font from New Mail messages, Replying, Forwarding, or Forwarded messages and Composing, Reading, and Writing Plain Text messages to select the font styles, sizes, colors, and combinations you prefer.

    Outlook 2003 allows you to select Font when composing a new message . When replying or forwarding. When writing and reading plain text.


  12. Select OK.

    Outlook 2003: If stationery has been set to default under Use this stationery default. The font in it could override what you just selected. Either modify the stationery to include the font you prefer or make Outlook ignore fonts specified in the stationery.

  13. To close the Options menu, select OK.

    Outlook refuses to accept a default color you have set for replies or forwarded emails. Try setting up an Outlook default signature.

  14. You should now permanently change your default font features.

Outlook.com: Change the default font for new messages

These steps will allow you to change the fonts of your Outlook.com outgoing messages. Outlook.com does not allow you to change the default font of messages as you can with the software version.

  1. Select Settings View all Outlook settings.

  2. Select Email > Write and reply.

  3. Select Message Format to change the default font. You can also set bold and italics for text and select your default color.

  4. After you’ve set your font options, click Save.

  5. Outlook.com now uses your default font choice for new messages.

You can change the font options only for a single message by going into the email and then composing it. You’ll find many options to change the appearance of your message at the bottom of the window where you are writing it. These settings are only applicable to this email.

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  • How can I modify Outlook’s signature?

    Go to File > Options > mail > Signatures > Signatures & Stationery to change your Outlook signature. To change your signature, select New. To modify or create your signature in Outlook mobile, visit Settings > Signing

  • How can I change my Outlook password?

    You can change your Outlook password in Windows by going to File > Account Settings > Account Settings. Choose the account > Change. Enter a new password. Go to Tools > accounts on a Mac. Enter a password.

  • How can I change Outlook’s time zone?

    Go to File > Options > Calender > Time Zones to change your Outlook desktop time zone. Go to Settings To view all Outlook Settings General > Language. Select the Current Time Zone dropdown to choose a new zone.

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