How to Set Up Gmail with Your Own Font Preferences


The popular web mail service Gmail can be configured in a number of ways. However, many of the most interesting tweaks for Gmail are tucked away in the Labs section where they are often overlooked. For example, a previous tip showed how to enable the insertion of images into a message. This tip will show how to change the default fonts that are used for your Gmail messages.

Although composing a Gmail message already contains an option to change fonts, those changes apply only to the current message. Here is how to make a permanent change.

  1. Go to your Gmail page
  2. Click on "Settings"
  3. In the Settings box that opens, click on “Labs.”
  4. Scroll down the list of options until you come to “Default Text Styling” (figure below).
  5. Click “Enable.”
  6. Click the button “Save changes.”

Setting up Gmail fonts

There is one more set of steps before the job is done.

  1. Go back to “Settings”
  2. Click the “General” tab if necessary
  3. Scroll down to “Default text style”
  4. Use the toolbar to change settings (figure below)
  5. Click “Save Changes”

You can change the font family, the front size, and the font color. No more dull messages.


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