a) You're using a default stationery with the font size pre-set which overrides
any manual settings you try to input
b) You're using plain text format and you're adjusting the font size which would
be applicable only if you were using HTML formatted email. You can set this
option even if your Outlook Express is set to plain text email (strangely
enough). Although it would have no effect on your plain text email, should you
switch to HTML formatted email, the settings you chose would apply. So if you're
composing messages in Plain Text you'll need to switch to HTML for font size
settings to work.
The most likely of these is that you
have set a default stationery. In other words, every time you compose an email,
you're composing the message on your chosen default stationery - and if you
continue to leave that stationery set as default, you're going to continue to be
unable to change (override) the font settings of the stationery.
There are two possible solutions to
1. Don't use the default stationery
2. Change the font settings within the stationery code itself (which requires
that you understand a bit about HTML codes and perhaps CSS (style sheets) too.
Since changing the stationery code
itself is more difficult if you don't know anything about HTML and since there
are so many ways of setting font-size in base HTML code of stationery and we
don't have the space to cover all those ways here; your best bet would be to
simply not use any default stationery at all. If you have a particular
stationery you like to use you can manually choose it when you really want to
use it, with the understanding, of course, if you do you will not have the
option of changing font size manually using Outlook Express. When you selected
the default stationery Outlook Express notifies you that "stationery fonts will
be used". That means Outlook Express will use the fonts specified in the
stationery (colors, font type, font style, and size) and you won't be able to
change it if you want to use that stationery.
To stop Outlook Express from loading
your default stationery each time you compose a message - open Outlook Express,
click on Tools, Options, and uncheck the box next to "mail" under the stationery
section of the dialog (which is about in the middle of the dialog window). Click
Apply, OK. Now close Outlook Express and reopen it.
The next time you compose an email
(assuming your Outlook Express is set to HTML format for composing email) you'll
have the option of adjust font-size right from the Outlook Express compose
window, without going into "Tools" "Options" "Compose".
From the compose toolbar (at the top of your compose window) you can change the
font (red ellipse) and the size (green ellipse) - as well as use Bold, Italic,
Underline styles, on-the-fly while writing an email.
If you don't see this toolbar appear
at the top of your compose window when you begin writing a message, make sure
you're Outlook Express is set to HTML email and not Plain Text. To check this,
click "Tools" "Options" then click the "Send" tab at the top. Under "Mail
Sending Format" make sure you have the circle next to HTML selected and not the
one next to Plain Text..