3 Means to Change the Default Font for Outlook Incoming Emails

If the senders haven’t specified the font for the email, when you receive and open it, Outlook will use “12pt Times New Roman” automatically. This article will tell you how to change the default font for Outlook incoming emails.

In some email clients and web mail services, there is no native support to apply a specific font to the email even though it is in HTML format. In such a case, when the email lands into an Outlook mailbox and the receiver open it, the email will be shown in 12pt Times New Roman by default. The actual reason is that Outlook uses Times New Roman as the default font if no font is specified. Fortunately, if you dislike it, you can change the default font settings. The concrete methods are up to the versions of your Outlook and Word application.

Change the Font Settings in Word for Outlook 2007 and Newer

If you are utilizing Outlook 2007 and newer versions, and the versions of Outlook and Word do match, you can change the font settings in Word. Take the following steps:

  1. At first, launch MS Word program and go to “File” > “Options”.
  2. Then in the new “Word Options” window, switch to “Advanced” tab and pull the scrolling bar downward until locating the “General” section.
  3. Next click on the “Web Options” button.Change the Default Font in Web Options of Word
  4. Subsequently, in the popup “Web Options” dialog box, shift to “Fonts” tab and select “English/Western European/Other Latin script”. Now you can change the font and size of your choice in “Proportional font” line.Change Proportional font in MS Word
  5. Finally, click a series of “OK” to close all the dialog boxes.

Change the Font Settings in Internet Explorer

If you’re using Outlook 2003 and older versions, the font depends on the settings in Internet Explorer. So you should follow the steps below:

  1. To start with, open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon in upper right corner. From the drop down list, select “Internet Options”.Internet Options
  2. Next the “Internet Options” dialog box will open with “General” tab selected. You need to click on the “Fonts” button at bottom.
  3. Later in “Fonts” dialog, you can choose your preferred font in the “Webpage font” box.Change the Font Settings in Internet Explorer
  4. Eventually click several “OK” to activate the changes.

Change the Font Settings in Registry Editor

Provided that the versions of Outlook and Word don’t match, the above means will be helpless. You have to change via modifying a registry value. Here are the detailed steps:

  1. At the outset, search “regedit” in the “Start Menu” and press “Enter” to open the Registry Editor.
  2. Then browse to the following registry keys: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER” > “software” > “Microsoft” > “Office” > “<version>” > “Word” > “Internet” > “Fonts”

Note: The “<version>” key depends on your MS Word version. For instance, for Word 2010, you should find “14.0”.

  1. Next right click the blank space in the right pane and choose “New” > “String Value”.Create a String Value under Fonts Registry Key
  2. Name the new value as “Latin.
  3. After that, double click on it and specify the font settings in the “Value data”. You should use the format – “Proportional font name, Size, Fixed-width font name, Size”, such as “Arial, 11, Courier New, 10”.Modify the Latin Registry Value Data
  4. Lastly click “OK” and exit the Registry Editor as usual.

Fix Outlook Issues Efficiently

Since that various problems can happen to Outlook from time to time, you should learn how to dispose of them in quick time. The best to diagnose the issues is to start Outlook in safe mode. Additionally, creating a new mail profile is also a good approach. Besides, assuming that the troubles involve PST corruptions, you have to use a well-proven PST fix tool, like DataNumen Outlook Repair.

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