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Monday, July 23, 2012

Microsoft Outlook Zoom while composing an email

This is the 3rd part of our series discussing about zoom functionality in Microsoft Office 2007/2010.  In this post, we will talk about using zoom functionality while composing emails. The compose email window or Message Window is the window used for composing new emails, replying to an email or forwarding an email.

It is important to note that any changes made to the zoom percentage in the compose email window is persisted or saved – that is  the next time you use the compose email window, Outlook will remember and apply the previously saved zoom settings (This functionality is different from the read email window or the reading pane).

To change the zoom percentage in the Compose Email Window:
  1. Launch the compose email window (In Outlook 2007, click on the "New Email" button on the top left corner of Outlook; In Outlook 2010, click on the "New Email" button in the "Home" tab). 
  2. Click into the message body of the email.
  3. Locate and click on the Zoom button in the Ribbon on top(as seen below).

  4.  This will launch the Zoom Dialog window.

  5. Click on any desired percentage and preview the changed text in the Preview window. If you are satisfied with the readability, click OK.
  6. Close the compose email window and Outlook will remember the zoom settings going forward.
Note that changing the zoom percentage on the compose email window also impacts the zoom settings for the create new appointment window in the calendar. (We will talk more about the zoom functionality in our next post).

Please let me know if you have any questions or need clarifications about the zoom functionality and I will be glad to answer your questions.