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Change the Default Font Face and Color in Windows Live Mail or Outlook Express

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By default, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express use Arial as the font for messages and replies. I think that's a bit boring. I'd much rather use Distortia.

Fortunately, Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail and Outlook Express allow me and you to customize the default font face and color that is used for messages and replies.

Change the Default Font Face and Color in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express

To permanently set the default font face and color for new messages in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Select Tools | Options... from the menu in Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
    • In Windows Live Mail, you may have to hold down the Alt key to see the menu bar.
  • Go to the Compose tab.
  • Under Compose Font, click the Font Settings... button next to Mail:.
  • Choose the desired font and color.
  • Click OK.

Does The Font Still Look Unnaturally Small?

If you have changed your default font to a larger type but still can barely see what you are typing, it may be your reading font settings' fault. Check in the main Windows Mail or Outlook Express window under View | Text Size.

Default Stationery Overrides Default Font

Note: to make sure Windows Live Mail, Windows Mail or Outlook Express is using the font you just specified no default stationery must be defined or its font settings will be used no matter what you specified under Font Settings....

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