Are you tired of straining your eyes with the tiny font sizes Outlook throws up on the screen? Would you be just a bit happier if you could make Outlook’s font just a bit bigger? If so, I’ve got just the information you need. Keep reading to see what you need to do to change fonts in Outlook.

You can give your eyes a break by changing the fonts Outlook uses. Unfortunately, one thing we can’t adjust is the font size of the text in messages you’re reading. 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.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a single “Make the text bigger!” control you could set. Instead, you need to tweak individual settings in each view.

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

  1. Open the Customize View dialog box. Typically you reach it by right-clicking an empty spot in the view and selecting Customize Current View in the shortcut menu that pops up. You can also get to it from the View menu. Click View, then click Arrange By, then Custom.
  2. Click Other Settings. This opens the Other Settings dialog box. The Other Settings dialog box is the place to customize the main fonts in the view.
  3. Click Automatic Formatting to open the Automatic Formatting dialog box. Here you will enter settings for various types of items in this view, depending on which options are available. These settings override the ones you made in the Other Settings dialog box.
  4. In the Customize View dialog box, click Format Columns to open the Format Columns dialog box. Here you will adjust various characteristics of the columns in the view.

As you can see, changing the fonts and other visible elements 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 do it, only do it with the views that are most important to you.

For detailed step-by-step guidance on how to change fonts in Outlook Mail view, go to this page at

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