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Postbox 6.1.16 – Font Preferences

Overview

Postbox 6.1.16 contains several font fixes that could immediately alter the way fonts display in the app.

This includes the fonts used for message content, message composition, and the fonts that display within user interface elements. Here's an overview of how fonts work in Postbox, and how you can customize fonts moving forward.

Allow Messages to Use Other Fonts

The most important preference can be found in Preferences or Options > Display > Formatting > Allow messages to use other fonts. When selected, you're allowing messages to use the font the authors specified. This setting is set to "ON" by default, and this is the setting we recommend.

When Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "OFF," you're telling Postbox to override the specified font with your own settings.

This preference will have downstream implications for other font preferences, which we will outline below. 

Setting Font Preferences

Postbox supports customized settings for "Language Groups," which can be found in Preferences or Options > Display > Formatting > Advanced Button. The top field, "Fonts for:" allows you to switch language groups and to set the preferences for each group.

  • Unicode will drive the display for message content
  • Latin will drive the display for "some" of Postbox's user interface elements, such as the message header and Quick Reply.

But note that the currently selected language group will drive the font preferences for message content.

If your head is about to explode, we understand. So rather than try to understand Postbox's internal workings, we recommend following this sequence to set font preferences:

1) First set the preference for the Latin language group for user interface elements

If Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "ON," then Postbox will use the OS system font for UI elements such as the message header and Quick Reply.

If Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "OFF," then Postbox will use the Latin language group preferences for UI elements. To change these:

  • Navigate to Preferences or Options > Display > Formatting > Advanced Button.
  • Under the "Fonts for:" select the "Latin" language group.
  • Select your font preferences. 

The Minimum font size will be respected for UI elements whether Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "ON" or "OFF."

2) Set the preference for the Unicode language group for message content

With Latin set, we're now going to switch the language group to Unicode and keep it there for message content. But first, note the following:

If Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "ON," then Postbox will use the fonts specified in the message. If no fonts are specified in the message, Postbox will use the default font specified in Preferences or Options > Display > Formatting.

If Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "OFF," then Postbox will use the Unicode language group preferences for message contents. To change these:

  • Navigate to Preferences or Options > Display > Formatting > Advanced Button.
  • Under the "Fonts for:" select the "Unicode" language group.
  • Select your font preferences. 

The Minimum font size will be respected for message content whether Allow messages to use other fonts is set to "ON" or "OFF."