How to change notes colour, size and font in Outlook

Listed below are steps for changing the notes colour, size and font in Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007

Change notes colour, size and font in Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007

Outlook 2013

In Outlook 2013 unlike the previous version there is no option to change notes size, colour and font. Notes and Journal tab has been removed from the Outlook options. The default colour is set to Yellow, font to Calibri and size 11pt.

But users can indirectly change the colour of the notes by assigning categories. Right click on the notes, navigate to Categorize and choose your preferred category.

Notes Category in Outlook 2013

Rename notes category in Outlook 2013

Change colour of notes in Outlook 2013

Outlook 2010

The font style and colour for Notes in Outlook 2010 can be changed using the Notes Option. The default font in Notes is set is to 11 pt. Calibri. Click on the File menu –> Options link

Notes and Journal Option in Outlook 2010

Navigate to Notes and Journal tab and click on the Font button under Notes options section.

Change Font Style for notes in Outlook 2010

Set the required font properties in the Font dialog and click OK to apply the changes.

Change notes size in Outlook 2010

The default notes colour is set as Yellow, you can change this using this colour dropdown.This change will now be reflected in Notes as shown below.

Change notes colour in Outlook 2010

Outlook 2007

The Notes appearance in Microsoft Outlook 2007 can be changed using the Note Options. The Note Options can be accessed through Tools -> Options menu

Outlook 2007 Note Options

and click on the Note Options under the Contacts and Notes section. This would display the Notes Options as shown below.

Note Appearance Outlook 2007

As you can see in Notes Options, the default values for colour is Blue, Size is medium and Font is 10pt. Comic Sans MS. To change the different attributes click on the respective drop down and select the preferred values.

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Ravi Shankar

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  • Mary Z January 30, 2013, 12:57 am

    When I open a “Note”, the note takes up my entire screen, when previously it opened up much smaller and I could size it accordingly. The “Notes Options” does not allow for this to change. Can you please provide a different option. Thank you.

  • Vardan April 24, 2013, 6:28 pm


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