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Windows 7: Changing font size and color for message list on Windows Live Mail


21 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Changing font size and color for message list on Windows Live Mail

I am trying to help friend out that just migrated from Outlook Express on Windows XP to Windows Live Mail 2012 on Windows 7 Home Premium x64. She has trouble reading the from and subject lines after the client marks them as read. I am aware of how to change the default font settings for the compose window and it is easy to make the text bigger in the reading pane but I haven't had much luck finding any suggestions on how to adjust the size or color of the text in the message list.

I have already done a few things to make things easier: I have decreased the resolution which makes the text a little bigger; I have set the DPI setting to 150%; I also went in the Windows Color and Appearance Settings in the the control panel and increased the default font size for menus, message boxes, and title bar to 14 hoping those settings might affect the fonts in WLM but no luck. I can drop the resolution a little more(it is currently at 1600x900 on a monitor with a native 1920x1080 resolution) but I am worried that if I drop the resolution too much lower that I may create more problems than I solve.

Are there are any other settings I am missing that would help? Short of using the screen magnifier or dropping the resolution further I am not sure what else I can do to make Windows Live Mail easier to read. The only other alternative I can is to find another mail client where I can adjust that font to be significantly larger. I could do that but that is something I am trying to avoid since this person seems reluctant to learn anything new.


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21 Feb 2014   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hello and welcome KAugsburger mate in WLM go to > File > Options > Mail > Read > Fonts see pics I don't know if this will work as I have never tried but worth a go.

PS Forgot to add just try the different options in there for fonts and sizes


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21 Feb 2014   #3

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

This is how my WLM looks. The text in the 'From' 'Subject' & 'Date' section can't be changed AFAIK.

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21 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Roderunner
I am curious which version of WLM are you using? It looks very different from 2012. Your font face looks a little darker which might be enough to resolve the problem.

@ICit2lol
I already played around with those settings without any success. If I recall correctly the settings for Mail > Read > Fonts are for the reading pane which isn't really what I am looking for.
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21 Feb 2014   #5

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KAugsburger View Post
@Roderunner
I am curious which version of WLM are you using? It looks very different from 2012. Your font face looks a little darker which might be enough to resolve the problem.
I am using the latest version of WLM 2012. This is partly what I have done WLM Fonts.pdf
I have also changed my pc display to Windows Classic & made a few tweaks to the fonts & colour settings.


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21 Feb 2014   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

This is how 2012 opens out and I find so easy to use - setting up multiple accounts is easy


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21 Feb 2014   #7

Win7 H.Prem. 32bit+SP1
 
 

Hi ICit2lol, I hope you realise my image was not in full screen, I can post it if your interested. I find it much easier.
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21 Feb 2014   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Roderunner View Post
Hi ICit2lol, I hope you realise my image was not in full screen, I can post it if your interested. I find it much easier.
No it is ok mate I figured that out I was just giving an idea of what I see
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