Change the size or formatting of text

In Outlook, you can apply a format to selected text. You can also apply a theme to format the whole message to give it a professional and modern look. A theme is a set of formatting choices that can include a color scheme (a set of colors), a font scheme (a set of heading and body text fonts), and an effects scheme (a set of lines and fill effects).

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Change the text size

Use the formatting options Mini toolbar to quickly format text. The Mini toolbar appears when you select text. It also appears with the menu when you select text, and then right-click. You can also use the ribbon to make changes to text.

  • Do one of the following:
    • Select the text that you want to change, move your pointer to the Mini toolbar that appears with your text selection, and then do one of the following:
      • To make the text larger, click Grow Font. Or press CTRL+SHIFT+>.
      • To make the text smaller, click Shrink Font. Or press CTRL+SHIFT+<.
  • Select the text that you want to change, and then on the ribbon, do one of the following:
    • Specify a font size on the Message tab in the Basic Text group.
    • Specify a font size on the Format Text tab in the Font group.

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Apply a predefined font theme

Change the fonts in your message by selecting a new font theme. A font theme applies to all of the headings and body text in the message that you are working on.

  1. On the Options tab, in the Themes group, click Theme Fonts.

 Note    If you want to change the font, colors, and effects in your message, click Themes instead of Theme Fonts.

  1. Under Built-In, click the predefined font theme that you want to use.

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Create a custom font theme

  1. On the Options tab, in the Themes group, click Theme Fonts.
  2. Click Create New Theme Fonts.
  3. Select the fonts and sizes that you want to use in the Heading font and Body font boxes.

The sample is updated with the fonts that you select.

  1. In the Name box, type a name for the new font theme.
  2. Click Save.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010