inline code span formatting is a useful tool for communicating text that includes
code snippets or
keywords. I find it easier on the eyes than bold, _ underline _ or italics.
I would like to emulate this format when writing Microsoft Outlook emails.
I've played around with Outlook a bit, and have come up with a multi-step process:
1. Highlight text with light grey colour.
This would be easy to do with the highlight tool, except the highlight tool doesn't have a light enough grey colour for my liking (the grey that's available is so dark that it makes text hard to read).
Instead, I add a custom group tool to the ribbon:
- Outlook Options → Quick Access Toolbar
- Choose commands from: → All Commands → Shading
- Add >> to the Customize Quick Access Toolbar:
The shading tool can be used similar to how you would use the highlight tool.
2. Change the font from the default to Consolas
3. Change the size from the default to 10
4. Pad the text with a
on each end.
- This is a nice-to-have, but not necessary if impractical.
5. Use the Format Painter to apply the formatting to other text in the email.
- Double-click Format Painter to change the format of multiple selections in the email.
While these steps work, they're rather inefficient compared to the various options in Stack Overflow.
Is there a more efficient way to do this in Microsoft Outlook emails?