Provide an option to set fonts that are easier to read and view in Microsoft Outlook 2016 or customize the font settings
Provide an option to set fonts that are easier to read and view in Microsoft Outlook 2016 or customize the font settings.
Andrew Newmarch commented
There is a good reason the light switch is located at the door. It’s in this location because this is where it needs to be. Stop trying to find a better location.
Now the reason the text is black is because it needs to be that way. Stop trying to find a better way.
Grey text is a very bad idea. I always used an old version of outlook and it worked just fine. Then I moved over to this new stuff. I couldn’t initially work out what the problem was but I hated it. I eventually worked out that somebody moved the light switch.
There are some things that you shouldn’t mess with and the black text is one of them.
Karen Junot commented
What idiot decided to make the font light gray with no way to change it to black in Microsoft Otlook? Just anither example of the poor customer service and incompetency of Microsoft. I hope every single person who is responsible for this and/ or hasn't done 1 thing in 4 years to correct this problem suffers the maddening headaches and eye strain that I am experiencing.
The low contrast grey font on Office 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel) is the worst design idea! Microsoft should at the minimum gives Users the option of applying high contrast black font. After 2 months on Windows 10, I am definitely getting eye-fatigue every day after 2-3 hours of screen time. But I do not have the luxury of moving to Mac, as I work for a large corporation!
Stop Changing fonts - if people want different fonts they can change them themselves.
I agree! It's so hard to read!
I'm only 30 with perfect vision and spent two hours looking up online directions and tweaking the settings so I could actually read emails better and tell whether something is read or not at a casual glance. But there doesn't seem to be *anything* I can do about the microscopic icons to indicate that I've replied or forwarded an email. Do they not notice users squinting when they focus group these designs?
I fully agree with the suggestion.
Changing the default to a low-contrast grey on white is dumb, and to add insult to injury, there seems no end-user way to make the text black again.
This is one of the least useful user interfae decisions Microsoft ever made, and I'd really like to hear the reasoning behind it. Today, not only 30-year-olds and younger work wih computers, we age as a society and low-contrast displays are hard to read with aging eyes (I'm 53, by the way, and have worked with computers for 40 years).
While this seems a general Windows 10 issue, Oultook (for me) is where it becomes most obvious.
the good idea fairy ran wild and come up with light gray for the font
outlook 2019 the font will be white
Outlook 2016 is terrible! Not having the ability to change the font size is simply archaic and ridiculous. I'm going back to Outlook 2010.
The color of the font in the text body cannot be changed; the subject line can be, but the "light gray" font color cannot be changed. When the font/background contrast is low, this strikes we as an ADA compliance issue.
Angry Customer commented
MAKE TEXT LARGER
This is possible currently, I have done it. But I've got 32 years experience as a programmer. And it was not easy for me. It took several attempts over months to get it done right.
The process needs to be made simpler for people.
And it needs to be something that can be backed up (see suggestions on backups for Outlook settings).
Make it simpler, make it robust, and then push our a video on how to do it !!!
>>Nobody buys a product for features customers don't know about.<<
It is sad how many people switch from Outlook because they don't know a feature exists, they don't know how to use a feature, or the feature breaks and cannot be restored from a backup.
J David Johnston commented
Egypt has this new color they use on papyrus: Black. Can we please use it for text?
FANTASTIC! I HAVE WANTED THAT FOR 60 YEARS!
today one needs a mag glass! (being older cannot be part of the problem, the new people making the changes can read 1/2 this size. wait until they get 30 60 years older and see if they complain also.
Why is it that every newer version of Office is harder to read than the previous version? I was happy with office 2010 but what is wrong with having a built-in portion on this software that allows the user to use classic version instead of having to read the less readable format that is now used across the board? I am not the only one who thinks this newer version is not efficient at all. I know this message won't matter to Microsoft since they only care about their profits, not quality.
Terrible! It's so hard to read email in Outlook 2016. There is no contrast like 2010.
I cannot read the grey on white text. Make text black on white. Specifically on the message preview. Also can i change text size on message preview?
John Stock commented
For me, both the small fonts and the low contrast cause difficulty like squinting and leaning forward. While my chiropractor and ophthalmologist may benefit, they both object to these kinds of risks at large in the community.
As MS Windows and Office become more and more universal (and required / unavoidable), they approach the status of Utility, or Common Good, and must begin to assume some accountability.
Sooner or later, someone will raise a lawsuit about the common good, as Europe has done, and this power without responsibility will be discussed widely. The question, it seems to me, is are we so ashamed of our aging or bad eyes, and so isolated that we can't organize?
Talk to some of your friends, see if you would get some support for a complaint about Age Discrimination, or Disability (poor eyesight).
I establish the font, size and color I want my emails (created & replies) to utilize. And yet on every email I create I have to change the font from Calibri to the email I have established as default in my stationery choices. Very frustrating and definitely not user friendly.
The font size is not very readable in outlook. I have adjusted the emails but i have many folders so the navigation needs to be a larger font with much more contrast. It would be nice if there were a theme for people who have need a little help seeing. Reading glasses don't work because it's not close enough and my distance glasses make it worse...HELP!