macOS High Sierra

Format text in messages

There are a variety of ways to enter or work with text, characters, and symbols in the messages you write.

To quickly change fonts and styles in your message, click the Format button in the toolbar of a message window (or use the Touch Bar). For example, you can make text bigger or bold or apply a background color.

The toolbar and formatting bar in a new message window indicating the text color, text background color, and text alignment buttons.

More formatting options are available in the Format menu at the top of the screen.

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Set default fonts in Mail

You can set a font and font size to use for viewing and writing messages in Mail. You can also choose the colors to use for quoted text when it appears in messages.

  • Choose Mail > Preferences, then click Fonts & Colors. To learn about an option, click the Help button in the pane.

Copy and paste text

  • Copy all the text in a message: Put the pointer anywhere in the message body (where the text of the message is), choose Edit > Select All, then choose Edit > Copy.

  • Paste text: Choose Edit > Paste.

  • Paste text using the surrounding style: Choose Edit > Paste and Match Style.

  • Paste text as a quotation: Choose Edit > Paste as Quotation. A vertical bar appears next to the text you pasted.

Include web links

Do any of the following:

  • Enter a URL—such as—or paste a URL into your message. Mail automatically turns it into a link.

  • Select the text in your message you want to turn into a link, choose Edit > Add Link, then type a URL for the link.

    For example, select the text “Go to the Apple website,” then enter the URL “” to make the text a link that opens the Apple website.

  • From the Safari address bar, drag the web address into your message. You can also email the webpage from Safari.

Include characters and symbols

Replace text or characters

  • You can set Mail to replace text or punctuation as you type. For example, if you type “teh,” Mail automatically replaces it with “the.”

You can see suggested spellings for words, add frequently used words or terms to a dictionary, or choose dictionaries for specific languages. For more information, see Check spelling and grammar.