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I use Thunderbird as my email client. For some reason fonts in the message area are so small that they are unreadable. This includes the Thunderbird welcome screen font.

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Could you, or anyone else reading this, add a screenshot to give people an idea of what this problem looks like? – thomasrutter Sep 25 '12 at 4:27
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Go to Edit-Preferences->Display->Advanced and then change the Minimum Font Size to something bigger than 10 (depends on how big you like them to be)

This worked on my system.

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hey! that actually worked! i thought I'd tried it already but i guess not. thanks :) – RamoneDexter Oct 22 '10 at 22:27
Is this still up-to-date? – Seth Mar 29 '14 at 1:47

Have you tried Edit->Preferences->Display and change default font,font size there

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yeah tried that already didn't work – RamoneDexter Oct 22 '10 at 12:44

Press Control++ on the message as many times as needed to zoom in on the text.

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There's many fonts in Edit->Preferences->Display, you should setup fonts size for each type you're using (unicode, western, cyrillic etc.)

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