Default font size for Microsoft Windows Mail 6

  Chris Newman 11:22 25 Apr 2010

When setting the options for our Microsoft Windows Mail version 6, running on Vista 32 bit, I noticed that in ‘Tools’ ‘Options…’ [Compose] the fonts for Mail and News are set by default as 9 pt. Arial. Yet when I write an email it appears in Arial size 10, and size 9 is not even available as an option.
Is this a slip-up by Microsoft, or have I misunderstood something?
If it is a slip-up, will our PC work more smoothly if I change the setting to the Arial size 10 that it actually uses?

  Sea Urchin 12:43 25 Apr 2010

On the emails you only have seven available point sizes - usually 8,10,12,14,18,24 and 36. This was the same in Outlook Express. When you select a font size from the Tools/Options menu it will default to the nearest possible lower option from the available seven. So if you set it to 20 it will use 18 etc.

In answer to you final question it will not make any difference. Microsoft only considered it necessary to have seven font sizes in an email, whereas in Word you can select any size you want - even half sizes such as 12.5

  Chris Newman 17:51 26 Apr 2010

Thanks Sea Urchin. It seems that the 9 point setting is a mistake by Microsoft.

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