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Change font in macOS Messages app

By barleyswaxol36 ·
Tags: Mac
Back in Mojave I was able to change the default font in the Messages app, I think with a setting in System Preferences > Accessibility.

After upgrading to Big Sur that font change remained, but for some reason it got reset today, right after I had to use Activity Monitor to quit Notifications (because the Notifications pane was stuck open and was beachballing). https://9apps.ooo/

Now I'm back to the standard font, which I don't like, and I don't see any way to change the font, either in Messages' preferences or in Big Sur's Accessibility PrefPane.

Am I missing something? Anyone know how I can choose a different font again for macOS Messages?
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From memory.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Change font in macOS Mess ...

Remember I vaguely remember we had to change the color to have Messages show us the font options. Google your question to find step-by-steps.

Also, watch https://www.reddit.com/r/applehelp/comments/lojzef/change_font_in_macos_messages_app/

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Been there but without any success,

by mrmacfixit Moderator In reply to From memory.

plenty of options for older versions of MacOS but nothing for Big Sur

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I don't have access to this for weeks.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to Been there but without an ...

Hopefully someone else will find a step-by-step for you. Try Apple's own forums and remember that the font options in the past didn't show until you changed some option (like color.) It's not obvious to anyone back then and I wonder if Apple changed that to be a system wide change rather then just this app.

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in preferences?

by appltech In reply to Change font in macOS Mess ...

I've just checked (on Big Sur).
Open Messages, open its Preferences (Command+,), check the General tab at the bottom. It says Text and shows options. Select Other, wait, now you can select any font and size. Click three dots in the top left corner to see other options like Color.

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Ahh, a Big Sur user

by mrmacfixit Moderator In reply to in preferences?

Thanks for the information
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