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April 13, 2011
January 9, 2013

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MessageFont lets you set Apple Mail's default composition font for rich text outgoing messages.

OS X Mountain Lion and Lion Users: There are some incompatibilities with Mountain Lion/Lion Mail and MessageFont. Please see the MessageFont support web site for more details. The application runs best on Snow Leopard.

The message font setting in Apple Mail affects local display only. This formatting is lost when messages are viewed in different email applications. For instance, in Outlook, your mail is displayed in Times New Roman. Apple Mail uses Helvetica.

If Outlook for Mac, Thunderbird and other email applications can set the default compose font, why can't Apple Mail?

MessageFont ensures the font you set for new outgoing messages is displayed correctly. Use it to:

  • Replace the New, Reply and Forward Message keyboard shortcuts in Apple Mail.

  • Insert and replace selected text with properly font-formatted text.

    Visit for a gallery of email messages formatted using MessageFont.

    To learn more about the problem that MessageFont solves, visit

    Note: If you send out all your emails in plain text, MessageFont is probably not for you.

  • MessageFont (com.atow.messagefont) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of