Does font size matter in e-mails? What if you receive an e-mail where the font is much larger than normal? Do the larger fonts mean that the person is yelling or screaming at you?
It would make a difference on how the larger font is used. Does the entire e-mail contain a larger font size or just certain words? Only certain words increased in size would most certainly indicate emphasis and if capped, I would assume one is “raising their voice”.
Using font sizes, colors or formatting to show emphasis is risky at best because you leave the level of emphasis up to the other side. And that will most always be more emphasis than you intended. Take my word for it!
Unless the sender or recipient is vision impaired and requires the larger font size for obvious reasons, anything larger than the standard default font size can be perceived as adding emphasis. Otherwise why would one make the font larger?
This is all about perception and trying to determine one’s intent by how they choose to communicate with the written word – a.k.a. e-mail. Since it takes a manual setting change to increase the font size — folks will assume there is a reason for doing so. And if the font is much larger, yes, they may take it that you mean to yell or scream.
I was scolded recently that making the font size larger for the sender made it easier for her to type. So I should “deal with it.” How one sided — I’m glad I do not communicate with her on a regular basis! How’s this for a suggestion? When you are finished composing your e-mail, put the font size back to the default before your click Send. Simple! You get to use your preference, then because you are thoughtful and considerate towards the person on the other side who may wonder or not like your larger font choice, you put the font size back to the default. Win-win!
So keep your font size set at the default of your e-mail software program — that is unless you are trying to make a point!