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Office 365 (Outlook 2016 | Outlook 2013) - Change the font or font size in the message list

To scan through your Inbox more quickly, you may want to enlarge the text in the subject lines and column header or change their font so they're easier to read.

Illustration of increasing font size in the message list

  1. Click Mail

    Mail icon

  2. Click View > View Settings.

    view settings

  3. Click Other Settings.

  4. To change the font or font size for the column headers in your Inbox (like "From" and "Subject"), click Column Font, and then make the desired adjustment. 

    4 column font button

  5. To change the font or font size of the message subject lines in your Inbox, click Row Font, and then make the desired adjustment. 

    row font button

Temporarily enlarge an email in the Reading Pane

In the Reading Pane, you can also make the contents of an email larger, so it's easier to read. 

However, increasing the size of the text in the Reading Pane only works on the email you are currently looking at. When you click on another email, the body text will return to the default font size. 
  1. Click once on the message you want to preview in the Reading Pane. 

  2. In the bottom right corner of the Outlook window, drag the zoom bar right (for larger text).

    zoom bar

For more information, please visit the Office Help & Training site.

If you have any questions, come by the Help Desk at Hardman & Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center Room 105, call 646-1840, or email us at

Keywords:office 365 outlook 2016 2013 change font font size message list   Doc ID:72310
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2017-04-04 08:59 MSTUpdated:2018-02-07 12:06 MST
Sites:New Mexico State University
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