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How to Change Default Fonts in Apple Mail

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. 

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.

2. Select Preferences.

3. Select Fonts & Colors. Skip to step 6 if quoted text isn't important.

4. Click the Purple to change the default color for quoted text. 

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

6. Click Select next to Message font.

7. Click the gear icon.

8. Select a font family, typeface style and size.

You've changed the default message font in Apple Mail.

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.