Configure Long Lines to Wrap Automatically in Outlook

Pick at which character Outlook will wrap sentences

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Long lines can be hard to read in emails, so it's always good email etiquette to break the lines of your messages to something between 65 and 70 characters. Here's how to adjust the character number at which a line break occurs in Outlook.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019, Outlook 2016, Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010, and Outlook for Office 365.

How to Wrap Long Lines Automatically in Outlook

When you wrap long lines of text, the email client automatically breaks sentences away from their current lines to start on a new line. This shortens the length of all outgoing emails and is similar to narrowing the margins of the writing space.

  1. Open Outlook.

  2. Go to the File tab.

    Screenshot of File window in Outlook
  3. Select Options.

  4. In the Outlook Options dialog box, select the Mail tab.

    Screenshot of Outlook Options with Mail selected
  5. Scroll to the Message format section.

  6. In the Automatically wrap text at character text box, enter a number to indicate where you want Outlook to wrap text.

    Screenshot of Message Format section with Wrap Text at Character box selected
  7. Select OK to apply the changes and close the window.