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I know we're able to use Ctrl+Mouse Wheel to zoom in and out, but is there a way of permanently setting the default zoom for the reading pane?

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How to set the default zoom for incoming emails in MS Outlook 2010:

  • Start - Microsoft Office - Tools and Microsoft Office - a digital certificate for the Project VBA, create a certificate with the name, for example, Zoom
  • Start Outlook
  • File - Options - Trust Center - Trust Center Settings - Options, select Macros, or "notice for all macros" or "notification for digitally signed macros, all unsigned macros are disabled"
  • Alt+F11 - run the VBA Editor
  • In the upper left window, click on the Draft Project - MS Outlook Object and double-click on ThisOutlookSession
  • To the right opens a window (View.Zoom.Percentage = 150 - scale by default)
  • Tools - References, check Microsoft Word 14.0 Object Library
  • F5 - come up with a name, for example, "Zoom - Create"
  • Tools - Digital Signature: select the signature that we have previously created with the name of Zoom
  • File - save
  • Alt+Q
  • Restart Outlook
  • Box appears with a request to add to the trusted zone certificate.
Option Explicit

Dim WithEvents objInspectors As Outlook.Inspectors
Dim WithEvents objOpenInspector As Outlook.Inspector
Dim WithEvents objMailItem As Outlook.MailItem

Private Sub Application_Startup()
    Set objInspectors = Application.Inspectors
End Sub

Private Sub Application_Quit()
    Set objOpenInspector = Nothing
    Set objInspectors = Nothing
    Set objMailItem = Nothing
End Sub

Private Sub objInspectors_NewInspector(ByVal Inspector As Inspector)
    If Inspector.CurrentItem.Class = olMail Then
        Set objMailItem = Inspector.CurrentItem
        Set objOpenInspector = Inspector
    End If
End Sub

Private Sub objOpenInspector_Close()
    Set objMailItem = Nothing
End Sub

Private Sub objOpenInspector_Activate()
    Dim wdDoc As Word.Document

    Set wdDoc = objOpenInspector.WordEditor
    wdDoc.Windows(1).Panes(1).View.Zoom.Percentage = 150
End Sub
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In the future, please write your posts in English! –  slhck Jun 26 '12 at 10:26

This looks to be linked to the DPI settings on your computer as well as the zoom level set in Outlook.

One thing could be to change the text size on the emails -

Customize the font size for Plain Text messages

For Plain Text you can modify the display font via

  • Outlook 2007 and previous:
    Tools → Options… → tab Mail Format → button Stationery and Fonts (or just Fonts… in previous versions of Outlook)
  • Outlook 2010:
    File → Options → section Mail → button Stationery and Fonts

Source: Enlarge font in the Reading Pane – MSOutlook.info

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Cheers - that certainly works for plain text messages (in Outlook 2007). –  Umber Ferrule Jun 22 '11 at 8:40

I've been looking for a solution to help with this too in Outlook 2013 and just came across a third party commercial add on to help with this called "Zoom Email Windows Add-In" from http://www.sperrysoftware.com/outlook/zoom-email-windows.asp.

I just installed the trial in Outlook 2013 32bit and it is working well for me, i.e. it automatically sets the zoom value in the Reading Pane to what I configured. I wanted to suggest this if you are still looking for a solution.

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I am shocked that there isn't a better answer for Outlook 2010 on Windows 7, so I will be checking back. What I settled on is pretty poor: using the "Make it easier to read what's on your screen" feature in Windows 7 and setting an overall magnification to 125%. Unfortunately, you have to log off and log back in in order to see the effect, which makes it a pain to experiment.

This feature is accessed in Windows 7 by right-clicking on the desktop, selecting "Screen resolution", and then clicking "Make text and other items larger or smaller" near the bottom. There is also an option to "Set custom text size (DPI)", but I didn't take the time to try it out. You can also access this dialog by typing "Make it easier to read" into the control panel search.

Image showing initial screen resolution dialog

Image showing selection of 100%, 125%, and 150%

I tried 150%, but this caused unacceptable degradation to fonts in certain programs, such as MATLAB. At 125%, I am unhappy with some of the effects, but it is a fair balance to be able to read my email without zooming on every message. On the other hand it is a big downside to overcome deficiencies in one app, so I think I may just switch to this mode when I have a lot of email to read and then switch back - despite logging off and on twice!

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