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Outlook Tip: Increase The Message-List Font Size

If you're running Outlook on a big monitor, you may have noticed that your e-mail message list is hard on the eyes. That's because by default, Outlook chooses a pretty small font size for it. (I'm referring to Outlook 2003 and 2007; not sure if things have improved in 2010.)

Fortunately, you can change that font size to something a little larger -- it's just a matter of knowing where in Outlook's labyrinthine menu system to look.

  1. With your inbox showing, click View, Current View, Customize Current View.
  2. Click the Other Settings button.
  3. Click the Row Font button.
  4. Choose a larger font size. In my before-and-after examples below, I bumped it from 8 to 10.
  5. Click OK three times to exit the various dialogs.
Needless to say, you can go back and choose a different font size if the new one doesn't suit you. You can even choose a new font as well.

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After:


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