8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 16, 2006 1:48 PM by Timu
SophieB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Please can someone help me.

I am a new Mac user and have my .mac a/c set up. The majority of my e mails received in show up in a very small font, so small they can be difficult to read.
It doesn't happen to all, but most.

I don't think I have done anything to cause this but would appreciate any help

Thanks

PowerBook G4   Mac OS X (10.4.4)  

PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.4)
  • pkplatz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Please can someone help me.

    I am a new Mac user and have my .mac a/c set up. The
    majority of my e mails received in show up in a very
    small font, so small they can be difficult to read.
    It doesn't happen to all, but most.

    I don't think I have done anything to cause this but
    would appreciate any help

    Thanks

    PowerBook G4  
    Mac OS X (10.4.4)  


    When you're in Mail, go to the menu item "Mail", select 'Preferences', then 'Fonts & Colors', the 3rd item down is "Message Font", and you can select almost any size you want. I set mine to 16.

    pk
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,375 points)
    This is caused by the sender using HTML for message composition. When a sender uses HTML for message composition, the sender controls the formatting which overrides your font settings in Mail.

    This is why I am not a fan of using HTML for message composition which is something Microsoft introduced and wrought upon the internet and causes a variety of problems including security issues primarily for Windows users.

    The Mail.app does not include a preference setting to change all text for recieved messages to Plain Text.

    With such a message open, at the menu bar go to View > Message and select Plain Text Alternative which will change the font and size for the received text to the font and size you have selected in Mail preferences.
  • SophieB Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks Allan....no further need for the magnifier!
  • Bob61 Level 1 Level 1 (140 points)
    Another way is to use keystrokes Apple>+ keys. Each time you hit the "plus" key the print increases.
  • Edward Groenendaal Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    What I really want is for Apple to provide a new preference option that
    will fix this issue for all emails by setting the minimum font size that
    Mail.app will render to size N.

    So for example if on my system I know that I can't read anything less than
    14pt. Then I set my minimum font size to 14pt. Mail.app then ensures that
    it never renders any font at less than 14pt.

    An added extra would be to look at all the other fonts in the mail message
    and scale them appropriately. For example if there was an 8pt, and 12pt font in the message. Then change the 8pt to 14pt (my minimum) and 12pt to 18pt (same differential as between the minimum in the message and my minimum).

    This would prevent me pressing '+' on 90% of my incoming emails due to the fact that work moved most people to Outlook.

    Cheers, Ed.
  • Andreas Amann Level 5 Level 5 (7,815 points)
    Edward,

    What I really want is for Apple to provide a new preference option that
    will fix this issue for all emails by setting the minimum font size that
    Mail.app will render to size N


    There actually already is a way to achieve this - not officially documented but it works: you can use the following trick to force Mail to always use a larger minimum font size on received messages - some HTML messages might not look exactly as intended but at least you can now read them:

    1. Quit Mail
    2. Open the Terminal and type in the following:
    defaults write com.apple.mail MinimumHTMLFontSize 13
    3. Restart Mail.app and your HTML messages are readable.
    Of course you can set the point size to whatever you like.

    Andreas
  • zambo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Andreas,

    Great trick!!! You have help me a lot with this
  • Timu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Andreas,

    Great suggestion. After trying your trick, is there another Terminal command that can be entered to revert Mail.app back to its original default HTML rendering settings?

    Thanks,

    Tim