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Modifying the Message Preview font

I have the Message Preview enabled in Outlook and I find the small greyed out text a bit hard to read.

Is there any way to change the font?

Message Preview buttonIn Outlook 2010 and previous, you could set the font for the AutoPreview text but this feature was initially missing in Outlook 2013 when it turned into the Message Preview feature which allowed you to configure how many lines are being shown.

However, you can now change the font again since the October 2015 update for Outlook 2013 (KB3085579 – Outlook 2013 build number 15.0.4763.1000 or higher).

It is expected that this feature will also come to Outlook 2016 in a future update.

View settings

Modifying the font properties can be done via the View Settings dialog;

  • Outlook 2007
    View-> Arrange By-> Custom…-> Other Settings…-> section: AutoPreview
  • Outlook 2010
    View tab-> View Settings-> Other Settings…-> section: AutoPreview
  • Outlook 2013
    View tab-> View Settings-> Other Settings…-> section: Message Preview
  • Outlook 2016
    Not possible yet, but will be added to Outlook 2013 location.

Adjusting the Message Preview font has finally made its return in Outlook 2013.
Adjusting the Message Preview font has finally made its return in Outlook 2013.

Default Message Preview font in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016.
Default Message Preview font in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016.

Custom Message Preview font in Outlook 2013.
Custom Message Preview font in Outlook 2013. After installing the latest updates, you might even already see your custom font settings from Outlook 2010 or previous if those settings were still maintained.

Note 1: To enable the Message Preview feature in Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 use: View-> Message Preview.

Note 2: This font setting applies to the Message Preview font and not the Reading Pane font. If you want to make adjustments to that see: Enlarge font in the Reading Pane.


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