Changing the Default Font Size for Outlook 2010
Microsoft's Outlook 2010 uses a default font, such as Calibri with a
size of 11, when you compose email messages. You can determine the
default font and
its size when you are composing a message by looking
at the area below the
Message tab as shown in the example
below where the font is Calibri
and the font size is 11.
If you wish to change the default font, e.g., if you prefer a larger font size
to make messages easier to read when you are composing messages you can change
the default font in Outlook 2010 by takng the following steps within Outlook:
Click on File at the upper left-hand corner of the Outlook window.
Click On Mail.
Click on Stationery and Fonts
To change the default font and its size for new messages, click on the
Font button beneath "New mail messages" in the Signatures and
In the Font selection window that will then open, you can choose
which font you wish to use, its style, and size. If you just want to increase
the font size for the default font, scroll down through the font list until
you find the existing default font, e.g. Calibri. Then, under Size,
increase the font size. E.g., you could increase the font size from 11 to
14. When you pick another number, you will see the size of the font change
in the Preview section of the window allowing you to see how the
new font selected will appear in your messages.
When you are satisfied with your font selection, click on the OK
You may also want to make the same change for the font used when you
are replying to or forwarding messages others have sent you. If so,
click on the Font button below "Replying or forwarding messages"
and follow the same font selection process.
You can also make a similar change by clicking on the Font button
under "Composing and reading plain text messages" for changing the font used
for "plain text" messages. Most people will be using HTML, which allows one
to specify colors, bold, italic, etc for text when composing
messages, but you can also change the setting here for plain text messages
by following a similar process. So, if the default font size is too small
for you, I'd suggest changing it here as well.
When you are satisfied with the fonts for composing, forwarding, and
replying, click on the OK button on the Signatures and
Stationery window to close it.
Created: Sunday November 13, 2012