How to Change the Default Font and Size in Outlook

Contents
  1. You have many options to change the font, size, color and style of the text
  2. Change fonts in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and Outlook for Office 365
  3. Change Fonts in Outlook 2007 and 2003
  4. Change the default font for new messages in Outlook.com

You have many options to change the font, size, color and style of the text

The default Microsoft Outlook font for composing and reading messages is set to the lowercase Calibri or Arial font. If this is not your preference, you can change the default message font in Outlook to whatever you want. Smaller, nicer, bigger or regular fonts – you are only limited to the fonts installed on your system.

The instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003, and Outlook for Office 365 and Outlook.com.

Change fonts in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and Outlook for Office 365

Follow the steps below to change the default font in Outlook 2016, 2013, and 2010.

If you’re using Outlook 2010, your screens will look different, but the menu options, layout, and functionality are the same.

  1. Go to menu File parameters:

  2. Select a category mail From the left.

  3. Select Stationery and Fonts

  4. Select Font style in each of the sections you want to change:

    • New email messages changes the default font in emails.
    • Reply or forward messages changes the font used when replying or forwarding an email.
    • Writing and reading text messages changes the look of text messages just for you; Text messages sent to other users remain in plain text for recipients.

    If you already have a theme or stationery, you can choose Subject and then the parameter (No subject) to turn it off.

  5. Select the desired font, style, size, color and effect.

  6. Select Okay once to end and then twice more to close the window Signatures and stationery and Outlook options.

Change Fonts in Outlook 2007 and 2003

Changing the default fonts in Outlook 2007 and 2003 is a similar process. The screenshots below are for Outlook 2007 and any differences in Outlook 2003 will be noted.

  1. Go to menu instruments parameters:

  2. Click on the tab Email Format

  3. Click Stationery and Fonts

  4. Click Font style in section New email messages Reply or forward messages And Writing and reading text messages to select the desired font styles, sizes, and colors.

    In Outlook 2003: click Choose font in front of When creating a new message When replying and forwarding And When writing and reading plain text

  5. Click Okay

    In Outlook 2003: If Letterhead is set to default under Use this standard stationery , the font specified therein may overwrite the newly selected font. You can change the form to include your favorite font, or set Outlook to ignore fonts that appear on the form.

  6. Click Okay to close the options menu.

    If you’ve set a default color for replies and emails forwards, but Outlook refuses to use it, try setting the default signature.

  7. Your default font features should now be permanently changed.

Change the default font for new messages in Outlook.com

You can change the fonts for outgoing messages on Outlook.com by following these steps. Unfortunately, you can’t change the default font for messages displayed on Outlook.com in the same way you can with Outlook software versions.

  1. Select Institutions View all Outlook settings

  2. Select mail Create and reply

  3. In section Message format select dropdown font and choose the new default font you want to use. You can also change default font size † to install bold, italics and underline for text; and choose you default font color

  4. When you’ve set up your font selection, choose Save

  5. New messages created on Outlook.com now use the default fonts you selected.

If you want to change the font settings for just one message, you can do so while composing the email. At the bottom of the window where you compose a message, you will find many options to change the appearance of your text. These settings only apply to this email.

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