Change the Default Compose Font Face and Color in Gmail

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In Gmail, you can make your favorite font, font size and color the default for new messages.

It's Different, and It's You: Why Change the Default Gmail Compose Font?

Why start in the black when you can have red right from the get-go? Why change the font size every time when you can write in larger type automatically? Why pick your favorite typeface from the list when Gmail can preset it for you?

If you compose rich text messages in Gmail and prefer to differ from Gmail's default formatting, you can make your favorites the default for new messages.

Change the Default Compose Font Face and Color in Gmail

To specify a default typeface, formatting and color for emails you compose in Gmail:

  1. Click the Settings gear icon () in Gmail.
  2. Select Settings from the menu that has appeared.
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Use the Bold, Italic, Font, Size and Text Color buttons under Default text style: to specify the desired formatting.
    • Sans-serif font faces such as Sans SerifVerdanaTrebuchet and Tahoma make good general fonts for email messages.
    • For the text color, do not stray from black, dark grey or maybe a heavy blue without good reason and much thought.
    • Small and Huge are not usually good default choices for email composition font sizes.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Adapting Your Text Style for Each Message

Of course, you can still adapt the font, size and color for each word or letter you compose in any message with Gmail. The default choice you made is just what you start with.

Revert Custom Font Changes and Return to the Gmail Default

To go back to the default Gmail font style:

  1. Click the Settings gear icon ().
  2. Choose Settings in the menu that has shown.
  3. Open the General tab.
  4. Click the Remove Text Formatting button to reset the font face and color to the default under Default text style:.
  1. Click Save Changes.