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Changing Font Sizes in Outlook 2011

We’ve gotten in a couple of calls from our users asking how to set their fonts to be larger. So that other folks know, here’s how you do it:

Changing the default font for outgoing messages in Outlook 2011

1. Go to the Outlook menu and select Preferences

2. In the Outlook Preferences window, open Fonts

Screen shot 2012-03-16 at 10.33.59 AM

3. Change the font and font size to what’s desired, then close the Fonts window to save the changes

Screen shot 2012-03-16 at 10.34.07 AM

Changing the font size for incoming messages in Outlook 2011

To change the font size in the Reading Pane or while you are viewing a message:

1. Go to the Format menu in Outlook

2. Select Increase Font Size or Decrease Font Size

Screen shot 2012-03-16 at 10.38.48 AM

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  1. thom pratt
    April 13, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Changes to the default font do not stick. They revert to Calibri. Changes to the size do stick.

  2. Paco
    December 27, 2012 at 6:34 am

    Problem is that the item list option only works for the main email list. The folder list on the side is miniscule and there is no apparent way to change it. Outgoing mail size is also a problem since to make it readable I have to use size 18+ font which is huge for the recipient.

  3. Debra
    November 24, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    same problem. Help!

    • Gregory Tetrault
      January 13, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      A workaround for outgoing mail is to use HTML format and write the e-mail at 16 or 18 points. If you want to send an HTML e-mail, just select everything and change the font to 12 points and send. If you want to send plain e-mail, just switch to Plain format and send.

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