Change the default font or text color for email messages

In Microsoft Outlook 2013, the default font that is used when you create, reply to, or forward an email message is 11-point Calibri. You can change the default font and its color, size, and style — such as bold or italic.

 Note    Recipients of your messages must also have the same font installed on his or her computer so that they 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, then the recipient's mail program substitutes an available font.

What do you want to do?


Change the default font style for new messages that you compose

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Under Compose messages, click Stationery and Fonts.
  5. On the Personal Stationery tab, under New mail messages, click Font.
  6. On the Font tab, under Font, click the font that you want to use for all new messages.
  7. If you want, select a font style, size, and color.
  8. Click OK on the Font, the Signatures and Stationery, and the Outlook Options dialog boxes.

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

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

  1. Click the File tab.
  2. Click Options.
  3. Click Mail.
  4. Under Compose messages, click Stationery and Fonts.
  5. On the Personal Stationery tab, under Replying or forwarding messages, click Font.
  6. On the Font tab, change the font options to what you want to use for future messages.
  7. Click OK on the Font, the Signatures and Stationery, and the Outlook Options dialog boxes.

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

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Restore the initial default font style options

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

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

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Applies to:
Office 365 Enterprise, Office 365 Midsize Business, Office 365 Small Business, Outlook 2013