How To Increase Font in Outlook

Dear Computer Lady,

My eyes are failing and I need the font at 16. Personal emails and business send me a very small font which I cannot read so what will I do?

I am using Microsoft Office Outlook. Hope you can help me.

I have followed your newsletter for years and it has helped a great deal.

Thanks, Barb

Dear Barb,

There are actually several ways you can increase the size of the font when reading emails in Outlook.

Probably the easiest way is to use the scroll wheel on your mouse. Just position your pointer over the message you are reading, then hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and turn the scroll wheel.

When you are reading your message in the preview pane, look at the status bar at the bottom of the window and you will see a small plus (+) symbol. Click on the plus symbol to increase the font size.

If you have double clicked on the message to open it in its own window, click on “Other Actions”, then click “Zoom” in the menu and click to select your desired zoom level.

I hope one of these options works great for you.



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