How to Change Colors in Microsoft Outlook


Using Microsoft Outlook 2013 to organize your calendar, send messages and perform other functions seems pretty black and white, especially as its functionality operates similar to what you’ve seen in other programs such as Word and Excel. But you don’t have to settle for black and white with Outlook. Instead, change colors to suit your mood, set a tone for your emails or just catch your readers' attention.

Mail a Multi-Hued Message

  • Open a new email message and click the “Options” tab. Note that this tab is on the message window, not the main Outlook window. Experiment with the options on the “Themes” or “Colors” drop-down menus on the ribbon. Another way to change the color of email messages is to highlight certain parts of the text you want to emphasize, such as the recipient’s name, and click the “Message” tab. Use the “Font Color” menu to change the color. Keep in mind that some color changes may not always transfer, especially if someone is reading your message in a text-only renderer, on a mobile device or through a free email provider such as Yahoo.

Cool Colored Calendar

  • See your day to day in a whole new hue by clicking the Calendar link at the bottom of the Outlook window. Click the “More” arrow in the Arrange section of the ribbon to open the Outlook Options window showing the Calendar section. Scroll to “Display options” and click the “Default calendar color” menu. Choose a colored square; if desired, check the “Use this color on all calendars” button. Click the “OK” button to return to the newly colored Outlook calendar.

Version Disclaimer

  • These instructions are written for Microsoft Outlook 2013. You may find several other differences in using other versions of the software.

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