Barely Legally

Confessions of a Moot Court Bailiff

If You Can Read This, I'm Not Using Outlook

I know for a fact that I’m not the only person in the legal field using a Mac. Until today, whenever I got email from my colleagues using Outlook, the text was so small that I had to strain to read it. It turns out there’s a problem with HTML emails sent from Outlook and read in Mail.app — one of the two programs is failing to read/set a minimum font size.

I’m not optimistic on a fix from either side. Microsoft probably has more important things to do than update Outlook to add a minimum font size for the benefit of Mac users, and Apple is probable too busy trying to eliminate the buttons on their cardigans. (Zing!)

Fortunately, Mail.app has a setting to force a minimum font size for HTML emails, which can be changed in Terminal.app. The command is found in this post from HawkWings.net:

defaults write com.apple.mail MinimumHTMLFontSize 13

I can happily report that although the HawkWings.net post is from five years ago, the command still works. Now I can spare my eyes the strain from trying to read tiny HTML, and reserve their limited ocular powers for far more pressing matters.