How to Change Text Size in Windows Mail and Outlook

Sure: Windows Mail and Outlook Express don't have personalities the way humans do, they don't know moods and they don't think in much the same manner animals do.

Cannot Change Font or Text Size in Windows Mail or Outlook Express?

But: Windows Mail and Outlook Express can appear very stubborn. They can, for example, refuse to accept your changing the font size. No matter what you pick from the pop-down menu, the size jumps back to, say, 10 pt.

Fortunately, this annoying and puzzling behavior can be explained as an unfortunate side-effect of Internet Explorer accessibility options — and can be corrected.

Fix Windows Mail or Outlook Express Not Letting You Change the Text Size

To bring back the ability to change the text size in Windows Mail or Outlook Express:

  • Close Windows Mail or Outlook Express if running.
  • Open Internet Explorer.
  • Select Tools | Internet Options from the menu.
    • In IE 7, hold down the Alt key to show the menu.
  • Go to the General tab.
  • Click Accessibility.
  • Make sure Ignore colors specified on webpages, Ignore font styles specified on webpages and Ignore font sizes specified on webpages are not checked.
  • Click OK.
  • Click OK again.
  • Open Windows Mail or Outlook Express.
    • If you see no immediate effect, reboot the computer.