Outlook 2003 - How do you change font size on received emails, so they open larger.


  • I've tried every font setting in outlook.  When you open a received email, the font on the header and the body of that email are extremely small.  How do you make this larger and save this setting so it stays larger every time outlook is opened??

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 8:12 PM

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    I have the same problem.

    could someone help me plz?

    Tuesday, July 24, 2007 10:51 AM
  • I may be wrong here, but it used to be in older versions of Outlook that you'd change the fonts size messages displayed in through IE.


    It's odd, but HTML mail is displayed in Outlook and seems to get a number of settings from IE. In IE, use the view menu (pre v7) or the page button in IE 7 to change the font size and see if this helps.


    Good luck



    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:24 AM

    OK, thank you Robert for your reply.

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 9:46 AM
  • If you have a Mouse with a wheel, you can hold down the CTRL button and roll the wheel to increase/decrease the size of the message text, but this is for the message you have open, and works with RTF and most HTML

    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:24 PM
  • yes i've alredy done that thing with ctrl+wheel.

    but if i want the change to be permanently how do i do that?


    Thursday, July 26, 2007 6:00 AM
  • Everything I have found to do with changing sizes of fonts in Outlook while looking around the internet.


    1.      Change the Font Size of the Outlook Message List

    • Select View | Current View | Customize Current View... from the menu in Outlook.
    • In Outlook 2003, choose View | Arrange By | Current View | Customize Current View....
    • Click Other Settings....
    • Click on Row Font....
    • Choose the desired font, font style and size.
    • Click OK.
    • Optionally, change the font for the column headings as well by clicking Column Font....
    • Click OK again.
    • Click OK once more.


    2.      Increase the Font Size While Reading Mail in Outlook

    • Hold down Ctrl while turning the scroll wheel on your mouse down.
    • As an alternative to the mouse, you can also open the message in its own window and select View | Text Size and the desired size from the menu.


    • Since this does not work with plain text emails (the mouse wheel does), also select Tools | Options... from the menu, go to the Mail Format tab, click Fonts... and use the Choose Font... button under When composing and reading plain text: to choose a bigger font.


    3.      Change the Default Font Face and Color in Outlook

    • Select Tools | Options... from the menu.
    • Go to the Mail Format tab.
    • Click Fonts... under Stationery and Fonts.
    • Use the Choose Font... buttons for When composing a new message:, When replying and forwarding: and When composing and reading plain text: to select the desired fonts and font styles.
    • Click OK.
    • If stationery is defined to be used by default under Use this stationery by default:, the font specified in it may override the font you have just specified.
    • You can either choose "<None>" as the default stationery, adapt the stationery to include your favorite font, or make Outlook ignore font specified in stationery altogether.
    • Click OK again.


    4.      E-mail messages in Outlook appear with a smaller font when you use the Windows XP High Contrast Accessibility Option


    ·         This problem occurs because the Windows XP High Contrast Accessibility Option does not always modify the font size of the text that appears in dialog or text boxes. The user interface elements that are resized by the High Contrast setting varies from program to program. Generally, only the top level controls and menu items are resized.


    ·         WORKAROUND

    ·         To work around this problem, adjust the font size for the view in Outlook. To do this, follow these steps:

    ·         On the View menu, point to Arrange By, point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View.

    ·         Click Other Settings.

    ·         Click Row Font.

    ·         In the Size box, type the font size that you want to use for your e-mail list, and then click OK three times. 



    5.      Font Size Changes Are Inconsistent in Your Inbox


    • When you customize the font size of rows in your Inbox, some messages appear with a different font than you the one that you selected.



    • To resolve this behavior, use the following steps to verify your conditional formatting settings:
    • On the View menu, point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View.
    • Click Automatic Formatting.
    • Review the formatting rules. These rules override other font settings



    ·         Use the following steps to customize the font for your view:

    o       On the View menu, point to Current View, and then click Customize Current View. 

    o       Click Other Settings, and then click Font under Rows.

    o       Select the appropriate font, and then click OK twice.




    6.      To increase or decrease the size of objects and text on your screen

    • Open Display in Control Panel.
    • On the Settings tab, click Advanced.
    • On the General tab, in the DPI setting list, click the dots per inch (dpi) setting you want to use.
    • If you choose Other in the DPI setting list, you can set custom options in the Custom DPI Setting dialog box either by selecting one of the percentage options in the drop-down list or by clicking on the ruler and dragging the pointer to specify a setting.
    • Restart your computer when prompted.



    • To open Display, click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
    • If you want to increase the size of text on your screen to make it more readable, use Font size on the Appearance tab in Display Properties.
    • The dpi size you specify on the General tab affects all monitors attached to your computer and all users that log on to the computer.


    • Proposed as answer by AuntieG Friday, July 22, 2011 5:50 PM
    Thursday, July 26, 2007 8:48 PM