How to Change the Font Size in Outlook Express

By default, Outlook Express sets the default font size for all email and newsgroup message to a 10-point font. For some, this font is too small to be read comfortably and others may want to have a smaller default font. Follow the steps below to change the font size in Outlook Express to a font that better suits your needs.

Open Outlook Express onto your desktop so you can make the changes to increase the font size.

Choose the "Tools" menu and click on "Options..." to open the "Options" dialog box so you can change font size.

Click on the "Compose" tab to view the font settings for Outlook Express.

Use your mouse to choose the "Font Settings" button, right next to "Mail:" and under "Compose Font."

Choose the font size that you wish to change to from the drop-down menu.

Click the "OK" button to close the "Options" dialog box and change the font size to your Outlook Express emails and newsgroup messages.


The directions for changing the font size in Outlook Express also work when changing the font size in Windows Mail. You can also make other changes to the font used in Outlook Express in the "Font Settings" section of the "Options" dialog box. If your font still appears too small, you may need to set the reading font in Outlook Express. To do this, choose the "View" menu, select "Text Size" and change to the size you would like to see when using Outlook Express.

Things You'll Need

  • Outlook Express 5
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