Group Policy | Set Outlook Default Font

There’s always a time when you need to set a default font within Outlook. Microsoft have made it really easy to set fonts for the rest of the office products but have seem to have missed Outlook from the list. So to set default fonts in Outlook follow the below:

  1. On a clean machine set up Outlook with the required Fonts, these is configured within Options > Mail > Stationary and Fonts

  2. Once you’ve configured the fonts, open a administrative Regedit.exe
  3. Navigate down the list to the following:
  4. Export the MailSettings key

  5. To easily add into a Group Policy your need to convert the .REG file to a .XML file. This can be done by downloading a powershell script created by Malcolm and edited by 4sysops here. To run the script enter the correct paths:
    .\RegToXML.ps1 c:\path\input.reg c:\path\output.xml
  6. Now you’ve got your XML file, copy the file to your machine which you are using to amend your group policies
  7. On the machine your using to amend your policies, right click on the .XML file you just moved. Select ‘Copy’ from the context menu
  8. Open you group policy and navigate to the following:
    User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Registry
  9. Right click in the empty white space in the right hand pane and select ‘Paste’
  10. Confirm the action and your see the registry amendments import in
  11. Ensure you’ve linked your Group Policy to an OU
  12. Log on and the settings will be changed!

4 Replies to “Group Policy | Set Outlook Default Font”

  1. Hi Michael,

    This article has helped me immensely so far during my IT traineeship, We actually had to change the Outlook font for all of our users recently during a re-brand project and my boss linked me your article. Thanks again, I feel really smart 😀

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