How to Display Messages in a Larger Font in Mac OS X Mail

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Are you the kind of person who needs to see the words of an email in a larger size for easier reading? Fortunately, Apple's Mac OS X Mail offers a nice way of displaying a message in a bigger font.

Display Messages in a Larger Font in Mac OS X Mail

To read an email in a larger font in Mac OS X Mail:

  1. Open the message in the preview pane.

  2. Press and hold Command and + (the plus key).

  3. Alternatively, you can select Format > Style > Bigger (Format > Font > Bigger in Mac OS X Mail 1.x) from the menu.

Return to a Smaller Font in OS X Mail

To go back to a smaller font in OS X Mail:

  1. Press and hold Command and - (the minus key).

Make Everything Bigger in Mac OS X

To see everything — including images, interface fonts and toolbars — enlarged in Mac OS X Mail:

  1. Press and hold the Command then Option then 8 keys to turn on OS X zoom.

  2. Press and hold Command then Option then + to zoom in.

    If OS X does not zoom, press Command Option 8 again to make sure the universal access feature is enabled.

  3. To zoom out, press and hold Command then Option then - (the minus key).

  4. To return to the original display, press Command Option 8.