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How to Change Font Face, Size, Color and Background Color in Gmail

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A love letter—in black?

Birthday greetings—so small?

The fine print—so large?

Clearly, we need colors and font sizes for writing emails in Gmail. How about throwing in custom fonts (some at least) and background colors for highlight, too?

Change Font Face, Size, Color and Background Color in Gmail

To use a custom font, change the font size or color, or add a highlighting background color when composing in Gmail:

  • Highlight existing text to apply formatting or set it before typing.
  • Click the Formatting options button in the toolbar at the message's bottom.
    • The button shows a cursive, capital and underlined A.
  • Click the Font button to choose a custom font.
  • Use the Size button to pick a font size, from Small to Huge.
  • Click Text Color to select a font color under Text color.
  • Use Text Color to apply a background color to text under Background color.

If you prefer a particular text style, you can make it the default for new messages in Gmail.

(Updated February 2014)

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