Outlook How To: Zoom Outlook 2010 for Easier Reading

Zoom Outlook 2010 and Save Your Eyes

Did you know you can zoom Outlook 2010 views of the body of e-mail messages, calendar entries, tasks, and contacts? You can and it is an easy way to reduce eyestrain from staring at the screen for hours. This is a super easy Outlook how to tip you can learn in just minutes.

Before we get into the how to, let’s look at an example of Outlook zoom in action.

Examples of Levels to Zoom Outlook

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Zoom Outlook 100% (the default)

Outlook How To - Zoom Outlook


The ability to zoom like this can be a huge benefit for anyone who has trouble reading the text on the screen. As always, there are a few things to be aware of when you use this feature.

If you look carefully at the two figures, you will notice that the text and image in the body of the message zoomed, but the Subject line didn’t. All the Outlook interface stuff related to the item, along with the Subject field and the like, remain the same size.

The body of a message, calendar entry, or task will zoom, as will the notes field of a contact. The menus and toolbars and buttons and anything else stay the same size regardless of how you zoom.

Additional things you need to know to be able to use zoom:

  • The item you want to zoom must be open in its own window.
  • The Zoom command appears in the Zoom group of the Message tab of the Ribbon for messages (the default tab when you open a message in its own window, and in default Ribbon tab of other items.

How to Zoom Outlook

Adjusting the zoom level is easy. Once you click the Zoom icon in the Ribbon, the “Zoom” dialog box shown below appears.

adjust outlook zoom here

Just select the level of zoom you want to use from the available options. Whenever you select a zoom level, the Preview area changes to give you some idea of what text will look like if you use that zoom level.

Click OK to close the dialog box and apply the new zoom level. Your eyes will thank you.

But don’t go yet! I’ve found a great little tool that makes Outlook’s Zoom even better. Click the button below to see what I mean…

From here you can:

Return to the Mail Tips page from this Zoom Outlook page.

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