How to Zoom Emails in Outlook

The “zoom” command can be tricky to find in Outlook. Just follow the instructions for your version:

Outlook 2010

  1. Click somewhere in the message body
  2. Select the “Message” tab (if it isn’t already selected)
  3. Click “Zoom”
  4. Select 100% (or your desired zoom level)
  5. Click OK

Outlook 2007

When reading email

  1. Click somewhere in the message body
  2. Select the “Message” tab (if it isn’t already selected)
  3. Click the “Other Actions” dropdown button in the “Actions” section
  4. Click “Zoom”
  5. Select 100% (or your desired zoom level)
  6. Click OK

When writing email

  1. Click somewhere in the message body
  2. Select the “Format Text” tab
  3. Click “Zoom”
  4. Select 100% (or your desired zoom level)
  5. Click OK

Outlook 2003

When reading email

  1. Click the “View” menu
  2. Point to “Text Size”
  3. Click “Medium” (or your desired zoom level)

When writing email

  1. Click somewhere in the message body
  2. Click the “View” menu
  3. Click “Zoom”
  4. Select 100% (or your desired zoom level)
  5. Click OK
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51 Comments

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  2. Sylvia

    An Easier way is to press the Ctrl key and roll the mouse wheel. This will work for HTML emails.

    • True, but if you’re trying to reset your zoom level to 100% and you use the mouse wheel, it can be hard to tell whether or not you’re at 100%, unless you’re really good at eyeballing it.

      • jackie

        My problem is not the size of the font but the size of the document pag which is now the size of a postage stamp in the corner and I cant get the page back to normal size. Also while typing on laptop the type moves back to line before, or beginning or deletes the whole letter completely. What am I doing wrong? Help

    • Luke Lewis

      Thanks soo much!!!

    • K

      Thank you so much Sylvia …..this was a lifesaver for me today! K

  3. bmcarter

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Such an easy fix when you know where to go.

  4. Ali

    Thank you so much. This has been driving me nuts for months! My 2 year old somehow changed it and I have been squinting at the tiny font since then.

  5. Mary

    Thanks so much, that was a great help.

  6. Pierre

    Awesome! This has been driving me nuts for a week, and then I decided to Google it. Landed on this. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Emily

    This helped me so much!!! It was driving me insane!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!! :)

  8. arsh

    thanks so much…it was really very helpful.

  9. Kelly

    Thank You for solving this was driving me crazy!!!!

  10. Walt

    Hey! Am I doing something wrong? Switching from smallest to largest does change the font size but by sooooo little that it is barely noticable?

  11. Hi John,

    Thanks for the quick fix. Now I can actually see what I am typing.

    All the best,

    Shaun

  12. Jon

    Very helpful. Thanks

  13. EMMANUEL MANFORD

    i don’t no the chose of my p c hp window 7 because it cant state to numeral model unless to the safe model and it can help the screen and the computer please help me.

  14. CJ

    Thank you Thank you Thank you the zoom thing was my tiny font problem

  15. Rose-Marie Williams

    Thank you so much. This was turning me into a raving lunatic.

  16. Ian White

    No i cant find a message tab or a zoom feature. I have tried everything to no avail.

    Thanks Ian

  17. Jack

    Why does the zoom keep reverting back to 100%? Do I have to change it every time I open a message?

  18. Stacy

    Thank you so much! After searching several forums with no luck, you had the right answer.

  19. Matt

    THANK-YOU. I was starting to get frustrated…

  20. Kathryn

    Thanks so much, that’s a great help – I’ve been puzzled by this one for months. ciao Kathryn

  21. Lisa

    Thank you SO much. I’ve accidentally zoomed in and made the text unreadable in the past and my son fixed it. I couldn’t remember how he resolved it, so this time I Googled for the fix myself. So simple once you know how to correct it.

  22. Paddy Mahon

    Thanks a million………..it’s now fixed.Slainte

  23. Amol

    Thank you. It helped me to fix the problem.

  24. Anwar

    Thanks, really it’s help me a lot, I was stuck earlier in my mails.

  25. Mary

    Thank you! worked perfectly.

  26. Santosh

    Thank You Very Much…..!@! issue resolved…

  27. KRISHNAKUMAR.P

    Really helpfull

  28. danyah

    Thanks John! This solved my problem in 2 seconds. Very helpful :)

  29. Chandra

    This was extremely helpful. I had been experiencing this for weeks and have had several IT guys try to assist and were unsuccessful.
    This was very frustrating.
    Thank you sooooooooooooo much!!!

  30. Marina

    Just one more thank you for this clear and simple solution.
    As every one else, I had been struggling with a sudden change of font size, as well of my own text as of forwarded text.

  31. Thanks! Almost too simple, but it’s nice to know I wasn’t the only one experiencing this!

  32. I think my problem may be a bit different. I have received several e-mails from a small number of people which, when displayed, have one or two lines in reasonable, (10 or 12pt) text, followed by a number of lines in < 4pt typeface, which is very hard to read.
    Applying the advice on this forum for Outlook 2003 and switching to largest text alters all the other messages on the same e-mail correspondence, but the one with the tiny text is unaffected. The sender tells me it was all 10pt when it left him.
    I can solve it by clicking “Forward” then setting all the text to say 12 pt. which makes it all readable.
    This has started to happen recently and I am not aware of making any changes, but Microsoft automatic updates have been applied.
    What is going on and how do I solve it.

  33. Anthony Gibbs

    I don’t get the “Format Text” or “Zoom” options, just a pretty red and white moving line.

  34. Christy Huang

    Thanks a lot!! Save my day!!

  35. Cheryl Johnson

    Bless you! I didn’t know if my emails were going out with tiny script. Good to know it was just the zoom. Don’t even know how I unzoomed!

  36. Ellen

    Wonderful. Thanks so much.

  37. david feldman

    That solves it!! Muchas gracias..

  38. Kim

    Thank you a life saver

  39. Mary

    I had to replace my Word “Normal.dot” template and my Outlook email then went on the fritz. This simple fix ended a 6 hr Odyssey of trying various fixes.

    Seems simple, but very helpful.

  40. Lam

    my email could be read from 2 meter away,
    now, it is fix
    Thank you

  41. Kathy Jordan

    Thanks so much for this reminder. Have screwed up size a number of times and always forget the fix. If you can’t find the zoom feature, you can add zoom to the quick access toolbar (Outlook 2007 and beyond) by going to “more commands” and scrolling down the alphabetized list til you find zoom. Then add to toolbar, and it will be there on top of the window and easy to find the next time the problem crops up.

  42. Samantha

    This is good because I can now see emails better. But why do I have to do this every time I read a new email? Is there a way to permanently change the zoom?

  43. Peggie

    The zoom fix worked perfectly.
    Thank you so much!

  44. Nancy

    Thanks so much! I have lived with this problem for far too long.

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