Outlook 2016 - Change Font Size in Folder Pane

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A customer wants to know why they cannot change the font size in the Folder Pane (formerly Navigation Pane) in Outlook 2016.  Here are the directions they used to follow to change it in Outlook 2010 but there isn't an Options Button there any longer:

Change the Navigation Pane font

You can change the font and size of the text in the Navigation Pane, from any view in Outlook.

  1. On the View tab, in the Layout group, click Navigation Pane, click Options, and then click Font.

  2. Enter the settings that you want in the Font, Font style, and Size boxes.

  3. Click OK twice to close the open dialog boxes.

Is this no longer an option or has the location to make the changes been moved?  I did research on Google as well as the Microsoft website and could not find anything for Outlook 2016. 

Please advise. 

My thanks, DoriLynn

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This should certainly be an option.

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There IS a way to change only the font size in the Folder List, but it's not found within Outlook. I can't take credit for this as I found it on another forum; it's in the Display Properties. This is how you can do it in Windows 7, but I'm not sure about Windows 10.

Note that this will also change the size of menu bars everywhere else in Windows, but usually what looks good in Outlook looks good there, too.

Windows 7:

 -Right-click your desktop > Personalize

 -Click "Window Color" at the bottom

 -Click "Advanced appearance settings..." at the bottom

 -Under "Item", select "Menu"

 -Increase/decrease the font size to your preference.

Windows 10 (worth a try):

 -Click the Start button/Windows logo > Settings > Display

 -Click "Advanced display settings" at the bottom

 -Scroll down and click "Advanced sizing of text and other items"

 -Under "Change only the text size", select "Menus" and change font size to your preference.

Hope this helps!

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You know, I'm using my PC not only for Outlook. The issue is too big font size in the folder pane, not enough space for important data.

You solution would help with that problem. And make the font size of all other programs too small.

Christian

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Christian, the change I suggested only changes the font size in menus, and the Outlook folder pane font size. It doesn't change the font size "of all other programs", window contents, icon text, message boxes, tool tips, etc...JUST menus.

Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to change what I suggested, see how it looks in the Outlook folder pane and in your menus, and if it doesn't work for you, change it back.

I tested this in Windows 7 and it works perfectly. My folder pane font is perfect, not too big and wasting a ton of vertical space, and the text in all menus in Windows also looks good--at least to my eyes. YMMV.

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Fonts are a non stop problem with Office 2016. Too light or too thin or too small or too big AND NOT adjustable. Windows 10 seems better with fonts then any other version BUT office 2016 is like 20 years behind in font tech.

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            office 2016 is like 20 years behind in font tech.

I can't agree to that. 10 years ago Office was highly adjustable to the user's needs and didn't have that problem. Now Microsoft in their wisdom has decided that they knwo better how the individual users works then the users themselves. And power users who need an efficient environment are not on their scope.

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Hi Christian, I have installed outlook for hundreds and hundreds of users in my many years of experience. I have heard their complaints and the underlying theme in most of the complaints that never have resolutions are fonts. There are always major font issues that do not come up with other applications. i.e. light fonts too hard to read, too light, too thin, fonts some columns or side panels that do not scale with anything no matter what you do. Add to that the non stop changes to the versions where in one version can change a font the next one you cant then an update and you can change it again but then the ability is gone later on. This is non stop issue for 20+ years that I have seen first hand over and over again. I have a client right now who had to upgrade her monitor and video card because I upgraded her pc from windows 7 to windows 10 and office 2010 to office 2016. Guess what? everything looked fine and beautiful except one suite of applications? Any guesses what the only applications on her system looked absolutely horrible causing us to upgrade the monitor? Any excuses you may mention are irrelevant as she has dozens of other applications that all look and run fine. This is just one recent example. 

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Thanks, but this does nothing to change the atrocious navigation fonts and spacing in Office 2016 on Windows 10.

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Hi,

This works for me in Windows 10 1907 x64 Office 2016:

https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/70839-menus-text-size-change-windows-10-a.html

Best regards,

Heitor

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