Outlook - Font Color of Incoming Mail is Yellow

Asked By Randy on 12-Aug-11 01:13 AM
I see I am not alone to describe inbox mail, which when open, is pale yellow and too light to read. the text is there and any text they Forwarded is black, but their typing is ghostly yellow. What is the solution?  If I copy and paste the yellow text I can color it anything in Word, for example....What is the Outlook problem?
Anoop S replied to Randy on 12-Aug-11 03:17 AM
In Outlook
Click on Tools
Then Options
Click the Tab that says mail Format
Click on Stationary and Fonts
there you can change the color and Font of your email text
Ravi S replied to Randy on 12-Aug-11 04:27 AM

  1. On the Tools menu, click Organize.

Ways to organize Inbox

  1. In the Ways to Organize Inbox dialog box, click Using Colors.
  2. After Show messages sent only to me in, click the color that you want in the list.
  3. Click Turn on.
  4. Close the Ways to Organize Inbox dialog box.


  • To further customize how these messages appear, such as their font style and size, click Using Colors, and then click Automatic Formatting in the Ways to Organize Inbox dialog box.
  • To turn off the color setting, click Turn off.
  • To change the color, click Turn off, click the color that you want in the list, and then click Turn on.
Ravi S replied to Randy on 12-Aug-11 04:28 AM

Create a conditional formatting rule

  1. On the View tab, in the Current View group, click View Settings.

View Settings command on the ribbon

  1. In the Advanced View Settings dialog box, click Conditional Formatting.

Advanced View Settings dialog box

A set of default rules appears, including the Unread messages rule. This rule makes unread messages appear bold in the message list. In addition, any conditional formatting rules that you created in the Organize pane with a previous version of Outlook appear.

  1. Do any of the following:
  • To delete a rule, click the rule, and then click Delete.
  • To temporarily turn off a rule, clear the check box for that rule.
  • To change the criteria for a rule, click the rule, and then click Condition.
  • To change the text formatting that is applied to a rule, click the rule, and then click Font.
  • To add a new conditional formatting rule, click Add, in the Name box, type a name, click Font to specify the formatting, and then click Condition to specify the criteria for this rule.

Example conditional formatting rules

These are some examples of conditional formatting rules that you can create in Outlook 2010.

Follow steps 1 and 2 in the previous section, and then do the following:

Make all messages from John Kane appear in red

  1. Click Add.
  2. Enter a name for the rule.
  3. Click Font.
  4. Under Color, click Red.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Condition.
  7. In the From box, type John Kane.

 Note    The name must exactly match the full name that appears on messages you receive.

  1. In the Filter, Conditional Formatting, and Advanced View Settings dialog boxes, click OK.
refer link
Radhika roy replied to Randy on 12-Aug-11 10:54 AM

 To get this set up in Outlook, from the Tools menu choose Organize, and then in the "Using Colors" section hit the "Turn on" button next to "Show messages sent only to me in Blue."


Follow this link-

Hope this will help you.

Randy replied to Randy on 12-Aug-11 12:31 PM
Thanks for the quick reply. I believe the steps you suggest govern my outgoing email color. My problem is that some and certainly not all incoming email from others has black tiitles, but the body of the text is a faint yellow. Outlook 2007 running Win7. RH
Sharon Scarpa replied to Ravi S on 03-Nov-11 08:37 AM

Like others, I have an incoming email where the text of the email (not the Inbox list) is pale yellow and I can't read it. (I opened this email of the office yesterday and it was not in yellow.) ??
I have tried the fix to go to Tools/Organize/View Settings, but I don't have "View Settings on my version on Outlook 2007)

This is quite annoying and I seem to be wasting more time than the email may be worth, but since it's from an importatnt client, I need to read it!

I would apprecaite any help ... before I throw something at my computer

Oh - while I'm here .... my shift key appears not to be working in some screens, but does in others? What's with that!)

Thank you very much
Sharon Scarpa replied to Anoop S on 03-Nov-11 08:39 AM
All of the settings are correct here ... but font still yellow in the text of my incoming mail (only certain ones)
Anoop S replied to Randy on 03-Nov-11 11:48 AM
what setting you are using? html? if it html then change to rich text and check, if nothing happens change to plain text and check, if nothing happens change to html and check ( for reload html)