The text of my email messages is larger or smaller than usual

When you compose, reply to, or forward an email message, and the message body (including the text) appears larger or smaller than the size that you typically see, you might have accidentally changed the zoom view setting.

Examples of e-mail messages zoomed in and zoomed out

When the zoom view is changed, the setting is persistent on all future messages you compose, reply to, or forward.

 Note    The zoom view setting doesn't affect how recipients will see the message. Messages always open at 100-percent zoom view size.

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Change the size of contents in messages you compose or read

To adjust the contents when you are composing or reading a message, you have two options  — use your mouse wheel button or the Zoom command on the ribbon.

Use a mouse wheel button to change the zoom

If you have a pointing device, such as the Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device, that has a wheel button, you can use the wheel button to zoom in on, or out of, the body of a message.

  1. Click the message body.
  2. Press and hold CTRL while you rotate the wheel button to zoom in or out.

Use the ribbon controls to change the zoom

The zoom level of the message view can be changed in the ribbon.

  1. Click the message body.
  2. On the Message tab, in the Format group, click Zoom.
  3. In the Zoom dialog box, under Zoom to, click 100% for the default size, or use the other options to specify a custom zoom size.

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Change the size of contents in the Reading Pane

To change the size of contents in the Reading Pane, use the zoom slider control at the bottom of the window.

View zoom control

The zoom resets automatically to 100% when another item is selected. There is no way to permanently set the zoom level.

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Applies to:
Outlook 2010