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How do I change the view font on all my Outlook 2003 email folders now that I've moved to a new notebook PC?

Naturally there are several places that control the look, style and size of items on your screen. And naturally, it's difficult to find them all, and when you do, they often don't control exactly, or only, what you want.

So these are some approaches I'd look into:

  • Change the resolution of your screen (affects everything). If you're running 1280x1024, change to 1024x768. Text (and everything else, for that matter) will appear bigger. That's in Control Panel, Display, Settings.
  • Another approach that achieves similar results is to change the "DPI", or "Dots Per Inch" setting of your display. That, too, is in Control Panel, Display, Settings, in the Advanced tab. This article has more on it as well: How can I make the text on my screen larger?
  • Now, I haven't done this extensively, so I don't know how difficult it is to get ALL of Outlook to change, but on Outlook's View menu, hit Arrange By, and then Custom will allow you to select the fonts to be used for that view.
  • You can also look at Options, Mail Format, Fonts and select a larger size, though that will also impact the actual font size used in any HTML you might send.
  • And finally as you view a message, if your mouse has a wheel, ctrl+rolling the wheel will increase or decrease the text size for most (though not all HTML) messages.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Tim Elder
August 2, 2006 10:49 AM

Your article addresses the screen display text size. I am having problems with the text size as printed. In general the headings are an OK size, but the body of the message is bigger--too big. How do I change it? Thanks.

December 27, 2006 5:29 PM

In my case, the text of the email, especially if I try to print it out, is too small.

Tom Dragone
July 11, 2007 6:39 PM

How do I make my Yahoo email text size smaller - I just bought a 22" momitor.

Mary Anne Dolan
August 30, 2007 3:03 AM

How do I decrease the size of the text of my home page, as well as the email pages? Somehow, I was able to enlarge the font, but do not remember how I did that; so I can't reverse the problem. Thank you, Mary Anne Dolan

January 10, 2008 2:38 PM

Good God. Thank you Leo, I accidentally changed the view size on my Outlook text and couldn't figure out how to fix it. That was driving me nuts.
God bless you!! ;-)

J. Conway
July 31, 2008 10:18 AM

How do I change the text size when I print an e-mail message?

Michael Cetro
November 4, 2008 6:42 AM

the size on my email text is too small. how do I change the print size

December 2, 2008 11:49 PM

I had the same problem with text being too small and changed the printer preferences back to "Factory Setting" and it resolved the problem with both a HP and a Dell printer.

November 2, 2009 2:26 PM

leo help me to solve my email. How do I decrease the size of the text on my email pages? Somehow, I was able to enlarge the font, butI can't reverse the problem. please help me it is annoying.

Mary Wright
December 15, 2009 1:42 PM

How do I change the text size when I print an e-mail message in Mozilla Thunderbird?

June 10, 2010 12:39 PM

Hi my mother's aol email is now printing not only the message from email but all the information on the left side i.e. all her folders so her printed email does not fit on a page - and when she goes to print info on a website not all the information fits on a page either- can you help>

David Andrews
October 9, 2010 12:44 AM

when i get some (but not all) e mails i need to scroll accross to be able to read it, how do i get around this?

Sandy Wilkins
October 20, 2010 2:34 AM

How do I make the size of my new (out going)
mail page larger?

December 27, 2011 2:16 PM

step by step appears easy enough to follow, I will give it a go

Kaija Penttinen
February 2, 2013 10:12 AM

Hello, I have somehow enlarged the text of the yahoo mail screen i.e. all the words like INBOX; DRAFT etc, everything is so large that I cannot get more than a small part of the normal screen on the screen now. I have no toolbar visible so that I could try to change it back to normal. What do I do? Please help!

February 2, 2013 3:30 PM

Try holding down the ctrl key and tapping the minus key a few times. That will zoom out the browser. Typing ctrl-0 (zero) will bring it back to 100%. If that doesn't help, you'll need to look through the settings on Yahoo and see if your inadvertent change was made there somewhere.

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