Thursday, December 3, 2009

Specify a Default font in Gmail Messages

This is a feature that I (along with many others) have been waiting for.

In times past, you couldn’t always rely on your recipient seeing your email in your desired font: such as Arial vs. Times New Roman unless you changed it in each individual message. (Gmail to Outlook correspondence was especially aggravating in this respect.)

A new lab feature allows for specifying a default font.

Here’s how you can get it.

  1. Enable the ‘Default Text Styling’ lab. (Forgot how to enable a lab?)
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  2. Go to Settings > General. 2009-12-03_105805
  3. Change the formatting as desired in the “Default Text Style” section.
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  4. Save your changes.

Update: When using the auto-insert feature of the WiseStamp firefox add-on for custom html formatted email signatures, your default text as specified in this lab may be overwritten. I’m still working out the details.

Read more about this lab on The Official Gmail Blog.

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