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In OS X Messages (Beta), the appearance of a given message thread can be changed by selecting submenu options from the View > Messages menu item; but this only applies to the currently displayed message. Is there a way to configure these options as defaults for (all) new threads?

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Yes, there is:

Messages > Preferences > Messages

You can set the look and feel for incoming and outgoing messages here.

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