Fonts of INCOMING messages in Outlook 2016 for Mac

Two questions:

(1) Is it possible to change the default font and size of text for INCOMING plain text emails in Outlook 2016 for Mac? It seems to be fixed on Consolas 11 point, which is tough to read on large monitors.

I appreciate that the display size can be increased for an individual email. But it is a hassle to do that for every email. So I am looking for a way to change the default.

(2) Is it possible to change the default font of text on INCOMING HTML messages that have no font set by the sender?

To avoid an unhelpful answer I should explain that I understand that you cannot change the font in HTML messages when it has been set by the email client of the person who sends the message.

But several popular email clients by default, do not set a font in HTML messages (e.g. gmail, Apple Mail). So the email text appears  in Outlook on the recipients machine in  whatever font Outlook chooses to display them in by default.

The problem is, on some of my machines Outlook will display an email with no font set by the sender as 12 point Times New Roman, on other machines as 14 point Calibri and on some machines a difficult to read font like 13 point Futura. There seems no explanation for this difference and no way to change it.

I'd be VERY grateful for help.

Conrad 

 

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Last updated October 8, 2019 Views 2,156 Applies to:
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Sorry Joe, but that can't be right.

How could it be 'by design' if on one Mac using Outlook 2016 an email displays as Futura 13 point font and on another the same email displays  as Calibri 12 point?

There must be some way to change or reset the reading font for emails where the sender's email client hasn't specified a font. 

Conrad

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Hi,

I ran into this today. It's controlled by a preference which doesn't seem to be exposed anywhere in the GUI.

PlainTextWebPrefsIdentifierWebKitDefaultFontSize

and

PlainTextWebPrefsIdentifierWebKitStandardFont

So you can do something like this:

defaults write com.microsoft.Outlook PlainTextWebPrefsIdentifierWebKitStandardFont -string "Consolas"

defaults write com.microsoft.Outlook PlainTextWebPrefsIdentifierWebKitDefaultFontSize -int 12

to set it. Hope that helps! 

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Do I use Terminal to input the strings?

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