I want to view all plain text email messages in a font like courier where each letter takes the same amount of space. (Computer generated reports are a mess to look at otherwise.) Anyone know how to change this setting in Office 2016?

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    Real questions are: a) Why in the name of Bill Gates is Tinyflacid, I mean Microsoft, defaulting to (or even allowing) a proportionally spaced font for "Plain Text" Format e-mails (presumably since Outlook started in 1992)?!? Any jr. IT guy born before ~1990 prolly knows that Plain Text Format is for emulating font used prior to GUI / WYSIWIG apps which (even if they differed in style and size) were ALL - FIXED - SPACED!?! b) How can we change that default (i.e. for all users within an Enterprise, so our app-generated log / error e-mails line up without having to use HTML format). – Tom Mar 13 '19 at 16:13
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    You make a great point Tom. – Jeff Mar 18 '19 at 13:35

Yea! Finally found it. Go to: File, Options, Mail, Signatures and Stationary, Composing and reading plain text messages, Font. Then select a font like Courier New. Now my computer generated reports look beautiful again! (Well, sort of. Kind of hard to get too poetic over plain text. :-)

Credit to: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=52016#font-size-reading-pane

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    +1 Unbelievable! I wouldn't have expected that option under Stationary. – Armali Apr 25 '18 at 6:59
  • Update: in my version of Outlook the option is under: File, Options, Mail, (in the "Compose message" section) click on "Stationery and Fonts..." button, then in the popup window click on the "Font..." button in the "Composing and reading plain text messages" section (last section). – Fry Simpson Mar 3 at 14:01

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