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Text too small in Outlook

by flyingfroggy / August 5, 2011 5:13 AM PDT

Using Outlook, and with my monitor set at its recommended resolution, some of my emails (newsletters, Facebook notifications) are almost impossible to read as the text is too small. View-->Text size makes no difference for these particular emails. Some of the messages have a link which will show it as a web page and I can adjust the size there, but many don't have that link. Short of changing my monitor resolution, what else can I do? My OS is Windows 7. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Try this.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 5:19 AM PDT

It happens to us all on occasions.

What I do is, with that email opened and displayed, press and hold down the CTRL key, then press the + key on the number keypad as many times as you need to make the text readable.

It's a workaround and not a permanent solution.

I would reverse the procedure with CTRL and - (minus key), to return it to normal. I am not sure if enlarging for one email affects all emails or if it is just limited to the one displayed.

Does that help?


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Text too small in Outlook
by flyingfroggy / August 5, 2011 6:37 AM PDT
In reply to: Try this.

Mark, that doesn't help. I know it works with web pages, but not in this situation. Thanks, though.

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This is Outlook.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 6:43 AM PDT
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Text too small in Outlook
by flyingfroggy / August 5, 2011 7:40 AM PDT
In reply to: This is Outlook.

Bob, it's Outlook 2003. I tried the suggestions in the link, like changing the font size in the preview pane, etc. and it has no effect. I will try the magnifier next. Thanks.

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I run Outlook 2003.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 7:46 AM PDT

I can check here but it's fine here. I wonder why mine is good.

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Text too small in Outlook
by flyingfroggy / August 5, 2011 7:55 AM PDT
In reply to: I run Outlook 2003.

Bob, the size was fine with my old smaller monitor. The problem began with my new monitor, a 23 inch Samsung. The resolution I have it set at is 1920 x 1080 (recommended). I'm guessing that Outlook 2003 just doesn't "play well" with wide screens, unless I decrease the resolution.

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It's fine here, even on the big screen.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 8:05 AM PDT
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Text too small in Outlook
by flyingfroggy / August 5, 2011 12:30 PM PDT

Bob, why do you say not to use Word as the editor?

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It's buggy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2011 12:40 PM PDT

It took YEARS for it to dawn on us at the office. Now we know to "don't do that."

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