How to Change Default Fonts in Apple Mail

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Just because Apple Mail uses 12-point Helvetica as its default font doesn't mean you're stuck with it. By changing the standard font for your emails, you can personalize your text and add another level of expression. screenshot 2016 06 27 17.21.51

Not only can you change the default font of your email messages, but you can also change the colors used for quoted text that appears below a reply. Here's how to change the default font in Apple Mail. 

1. Click Mail.screenshot 2016 06 27 16.50.45

2. Select Preferences.screenshot 2016 06 27 16.50.52

3. Select Fonts & Colors. Skip to step 6 if quoted text isn't important.screenshot 2016 06 27 16.51.01

4. Click the Purple to change the default color for quoted text. screenshot 2016 06 27 16.51.38

5. Select a color. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as necessary. Don't reuse colors.

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6. Click Select next to Message font.screenshot 2016 06 27 17.16.11

7. Click the gear icon.screenshot 2016 06 27 16.54.08

8. Select a font family, typeface style and size.screenshot 2016 06 27 17.19.24

You've changed the default message font in Apple Mail.
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Henry T. Casey
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After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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