9 Replies Latest reply: Feb 23, 2009 2:44 PM by modular747
RZ-Boston Level 1 Level 1

Does anyone know how I can use a different font for the emails I send out? For some reason I am stuck with Times Roman and like to get Arial.

FYI. I am using both POP3 emails (gmail) as well as Exchange via ActiveSync.


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  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7
    The iPhone sends plain text emails - you cannot choose a font. They are displayed by the receiving mail client in whatever font that mail client has designated for viewing plain text emails.
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6
    Sorry, no way to change fonts on the iPhone. You can change the size though...

    From the manual...
    Set a minimum font size for messages: Choose “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” > Minimum
    Font Size, then choose Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, or Giant.

  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7
    paulcb wrote:
    Sorry, no way to change fonts on the iPhone. You can change the size though...

    No, you can't. The OP is asking about changing the font of sent mail. The Minimum Font Size setting alters the size of the email text (in incoming and composed messages) +for display on the iPhone+ but has no effect on the outgoing message. Plain text is plain text - NO formatting (font, size, color, nothing), just the text, only the text.
  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6
    I didn't know that you couldn't change the size. Thanks for the correction neuro.
  • RZ-Boston Level 1 Level 1
    I thought the email client on iPhone had an HTML editor. The reason I thought this was because it does not convert a HTML formatted email into text when sending out.

    Do you mean that the ActiveSync (or Gmail) are responsible for turning the HTML to text and back to HTML?

    Again, the formatting of rich text email does not change with iPhone. When I forward HTML emails they are received as HTML, not plain text.

    Thanks in advance for clarification.
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7
    The iPhone can view and forward HTML-formatted emails, but NOT compose them. Any text added above the copy of an HTML-formatted email being forwarded is added as unformatted text. On the recipient's email client, that may display differently than a plain text email, since the recipient's mail client may have a different default display for plain text versus unformatted text in a rich text or HTML formatted email. For example, in Outlook plain text emails display in Courier, whereas unformatted text in HTML-formatted emails displays as Times New Roman.

    Text added within the HTML-formatted portion of the email being forwarded takes on the formatting of the area it's entered, and maintains that formatting on the recipient's end. But, the iPhone does not have an HTML editor for composing mail, i.e. you cannot change the formatting of the email sent from the iPhone.
  • Igor_G5 Level 2 Level 2
    Hi. There's an app called easy email that lets you use some different fonts and styles and also lets you type in landscape. There's a free version and a .99 version. I got the free one and it works well. You can even use it to reply to mail in the regular iPhone mail. You can even change text color.
  • AvalonFun Level 1 Level 1
    Hi. Thanks Igor_G5 for the information. Do you know the name of the App, and did it allow you to write emails in HTML format?
  • modular747 Level 6 Level 6
    As he said, Easy Email Free or Easy Email Spell Check ($.99)