Add a background color to your Outlook mails


If you want your mail to stand out a little from the pack of messages invading your coworkers and clients Inboxes, you can always add a background color. Just be careful not to choose a color that is so dark it affects readability or so garish that it impedes your perceived professionalism.

If you just want to use a color wash for certain mails, simply add it the fly. Inside your Outlook message, go to the Options tab,click Page Color, and make your selection:

Page Color

If you want all messages to be based on a common theme, in Outlook 2010 go to File, Options, Mail and click the Stationery and Fonts button:

Stationery and Fonts

Now click the Theme button:

Theme

This opens the Theme or Stationery dialog box, which offers previews of built-in options:

Choose a Theme

In Outlook 2007, look for these settings under Tools, Options, Mail Format. It is possible to make your own stationery, but that’s a topic for a future blog post!

Suzanne

Comments (7)

  1. mike says:

    Thanks,

    But you didn't say how to change the default background color without having a theme.

  2. Laurie says:

    "But you didn't say how to change the default background colour without having a theme."

    exactly – such an easy thing to do in Thunderbird too

  3. Ben says:

    I still don't know how to change the default background color for new email messages without using a stupid theme. That's what we need to know.

  4. Una says:

    P L E A S E ? ? !  HOW DO WE CHANGE THE DEFAULT BACKGROUND COLOUR WITHOUT HAVE A THEME ????

  5. Bryan says:

    Hello Suzanne,  I'm also looking for how to change the background color without having a theme.  I'm looking for either a solid background color or a fade between two colors. I know it is available on individual emails "on the fly" but I'm wanting it to be on all emails without having to change the background color each time.  Is this possible in Outlook 2007 and 2010?

  6. Dhurga says:

    In my mail box, the Options -> Page colrs are in Disable mode. Could not change the background.

    Is there any other way to change ?

  7. ayyoob says:

    thanks buddy……