Change the default font or text color for e-mail messages

In Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, the default font that is used when you create, reply to, or forward an e-mail message is 11-point Calibri. You can change the default font and its color, style (such as bold or italic), and size.

 Note   Recipients of your messages must also have the same font installed on their computers in order to see the message the same way it appears on your computer. If the font that you use isn't installed on the recipient's computer, the program used to read e-mail messages will substitute an available font.

What do you want to do?


Change the default font style for new messages that you compose

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Mail Format tab, click Stationery and Fonts.
  3. On the Personal Stationery tab, under New mail messages, click Font.

Signatures and Stationery dialog box

  1. On the Font tab, under Font, click the font you want to use for all new messages.
  2. If you want, select a font style and size.

Font dialog box

Callout 1 Click the default font you want to use for all future messages.
Callout 2 The font style can be left blank for a regular font, or click an item in the list.
Callout 3 Enter the default font size.
Callout 4 If you want to specify a default font color, click the color in the list.

  1. Click OK on the Fonts, the Signatures and Stationery, and the Options dialog boxes.

When you create a new message, the new settings will take effect.

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Change the default font style for messages that you reply to or forward

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Mail Format tab, click Stationery and Fonts.
  3. On the Personal Stationery tab, under Replying or forwarding messages, click Font.
  4. On the Font tab, change the font options to what you want to use for future messages.

Signatures and Stationery dialog box

  1. Click OK on the Fonts, the Signatures and Stationery, and the Options dialog boxes.

When you reply to or forward a message, the new settings will take effect.

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Restore the default font style options

To restore the font to the default setting of 11-point Calibri, do the following:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.
  2. On the Mail Format tab, click Stationery and Fonts.
  3. On the Personal Stationery tab, under New mail messages, click Font.
  4. On the Font tab, under Font, click the entry +Body.
  5. Under Font style, click Regular.
  6. Under Size, click 11.
  7. Click OK on the Fonts, the Signatures and Stationery, and the Options dialog boxes.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2007