Mail Fonts and Colors menu

Learn how to change fonts and colors in Mail for Mac

Whether on the iPhone, iPad or Mac, the app Mail shares opinions on features and performance. Although the software is fully integrated with the features of Apple’s operating systems, the user experience with the company’s email client loses to rivals in some aspects, such as synchronization, plug-in support, etc.

Problems aside, the fact is that Mail is used by hundreds of thousands of users and, for those who like the native macOS option, we will show you how to customize some settings.

More precisely, let’s check out how to change fonts and colors in Mail on the Mac to compose and view messages, as well as to distinguish the text quoted when replying or forwarding emails.

Customize fonts and colors in Mail

Changing these options is quite simple, just follow the steps below:

Mail Fonts and Colors menu

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. On the Mac menu bar, click Go to Mail »Preferences ….
  3. Select the “Fonts and Colors” tab.
  4. In this section, you can change the font of the message list (which is to the left of Mail), the font of the messages themselves (for writing and viewing emails) and the fixed-width font (for writing and viewing text emails) normal).
  5. Next to any of the options above, click “Select …” to change the font.
  6. A small window will open with four columns: Collection, Family, Typography and Size. In this sequence, select the source (and its variations) that you like best and close the window.

Also in this tab, it is possible to adjust the color of the quoted text, which is the part of a message included when you are replying or forwarding an email. In this sense, it is possible to define up to three different colors for each citation level, making it easier to identify what is new in a conversation. If you do not want to color the quoted text, simply uncheck the checkbox on the left.

Similarly, fixed-width font settings will only be used if you select the “Use fixed-width fonts for plain text messages” checkbox; otherwise, Mail will use the default font and color settings when viewing and composing new messages.

Confirming preferences

To confirm that the above settings will be used by Mail, follow the next steps:

Mail Writing Menu

  1. Access your Mail Preferences.
  2. Select the “Writing” tab.
  3. In the “Writing” section, make sure that the “Text with Formatting” option is selected in “Message format”.
  4. Below, in the “Response:” section, ensure that the “Use the same format as the original message” checkbox is checked.

In this same tab it is also possible to define other default settings, as always (or never) to quote the text of the original email, to increase the level of quotation for each message, among others.

Changing fonts and colors in the composer

Even if you have established a standard font for writing and viewing emails, there may be times when you prefer to use a different font for all or part of a message.

Mail Composer

Therefore, to change (occasionally) the font / color of a text within the composer of Mail, just write it normally; before sending, select the part of the message you want to change; on the menu bar, click “Format” and select “Show Fonts” or “Change Color” to change them.

It is important to note that this type of change will affect only the body of the email, not the header.

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