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Thunderbird: Why Did My Settings Change & How Do I Get  'Em Back?

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I've been using Thunderbird as my e-mail program for several years now with great satisfaction.

A couple of days ago, when I opened it to look at my e-mail, the display had everything  on the page in 7-8 point size type instead of my usual 10-12 point size font. (Not sure exactly which,  so I'm using a range to give you a good idea of what's hapening.)

I don't think I hit a couple of keys simultaneously to cause this to happen, if that's even possible. I have gone into the Tools, Edit, and View editing options and can't seem to find anything to change the font size back to what I want.

This seems like an amazingly simple problem, and I'm not a beginning computer user, but I'm stumped.

What am I missing?
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by:rindi
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If it's the mail that is too small, press on ctrl and then use the mouse wheel to resize the text.
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by:RadioGeorge
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Well, this is a sort of halfway solution. The suggestion works, but I don't want to have to do that every time I open an email. I didn't have to do that before, so there has to be a better solution. Also, this does nothing for the list of all emails in the inbox, which REALLY needs to be corrected.
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You shouldn't have to do that all the time. Usually the setting should stay until you change it again.
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by:RadioGeorge
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Sorry, Rindi,

The setting  you suggest simply does not stay.

Also, when doing as you suggest, only the size of the type in the massage section changes. Th est of the page stays in that super-small type, which needs to be changed as well.
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Then check under "Tools", "Options", and under the "Display" section the "Formatting" tab. Here you can change things like fonts, and their sizes.
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by:RadioGeorge
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Well, I thought I did this, but maybe I was in a brain fog. At any rate, this solution put me back in business the way I want to be, so thank you very much for your help. Much appreciated!
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