Modify Microsoft Outlook Fonts to Soothe Your Tired Eyes

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Are you tired of looking at the tiny Outlook font sizes on the screen? Would you be just a bit happier if you could make Outlook’s font just a bit bigger? If so, this article has just the information you need. Keep reading to see what you need to do to change fonts in Outlook.

You can make Outlook easier to look at if you change fonts to ones that you find easier to read. Unfortunately, one thing we can’t adjust is the font size of messages other people have sent to you. That’s mostly set by the person who created the original message and out of your control. I’m talking about things like the ability to change font size for column headings and Subject lines.

While it would be wonderful if Outlook had a “Make the text bigger!” control you could set. Since it doesn’t, you need to tweak various settings in each view.

The general process for changing fonts in your current view goes like this:

  1. Open the Customize View dialog box. You can usually get to it by right-clicking an empty spot in the view then clicking Customize Current View in the shortcut menu that pops up. Another way to open Customize View is through the View menu. Click View, then click Arrange By, then Custom.
  2. Click Other Settings. This opens the Other Settings dialog box. This is where you customize the main fonts in the view.
  3. Click Automatic Formatting to open the Automatic Formatting dialog box. This is where you enter settings for the various types of items in this view. The changes you make here override the ones you set in the Other Settings dialog box.
  4. In the Customize View dialog box, click Format Columns (if visible) to open the Format Columns dialog box. In this dialog box, you will adjust the format, width, and alignment of the columns in the view.

As you’ve surely noticed, changing the fonts in a view can be a bit of a project. Your best bet is to only do so if it will make a real improvement in the way you work with Outlook. And if you do decide to go for it, only do it with the views that are most important to you.


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