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How do I change the default font size for reading the body of messages in Mail 6.0? I know that I can use ctrl++, but I want the reading pane to default the body of the message to a larger font without lowering the default resolution.

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This is a setting that can be changed in Mail Preferences. Open the dialog box by clicking:

Mail > Preferences (or Cmd + ,) > Fonts & Colors > Message Font > Select...

A dialog box should display with text options for you to customize.

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That only changes the message font for my outgoing messages. It has no effect on the size of the font for the body of the incoming message. –  Jeff Nov 7 '12 at 2:52
    
Interesting. I tested it, and it increased the font size for all my message content (incoming and outgoing, header info, and body). One very important thing to note, is that there is no way to change the font size of incoming HTML emails. For example, emails such as receipts, or shipping confirmation from Amazon.com will not be affected by your customizations. On the other hand, all normal text emails will be adjusted. –  bassplayer7 Nov 7 '12 at 3:22
    
Any other suggestions? –  Jeff Nov 7 '12 at 23:50
    
Some messages are in a large enough font. The majority are still small. Could it be that almost all incoming messages are in HTML? I can still increase the reading size by cntrl + on the small font messages. –  Jeff Nov 7 '12 at 23:52
    
It's entirely possible. If the emails with small text come from online retailers, they're probably HTML, if they're from an individual, they probably adjustable font size. Send yourself a test message, then change the font, and see if it changes the message that you received from yourself. –  bassplayer7 Nov 8 '12 at 0:00
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