Outlook 2016 for Mac getting a new editor with enhanced formatting support

One of the issues that many users experience when using Outlook 2016 for Mac is a a severe lack of customizable options when it comes to text and images. In fact, one of the most requested features posted on the Outlook for Mac Suggestion Box website has been asking for better formatting support. Originally posted as an idea on December 14, 2015, the suggestion accumulated over 1,000 votes of other like-minded users. Comments on the thread expanded the topic, requesting that Outlook 2016 should include better formatting for fonts, bullets, listing, and image resizing.

The Outlook Team has made an official announcement today that those comments and suggestions have indeed been heard. The team is preparing to release both an image editor and an improved version of the rich text formatting.

After the feature is implemented, adding an image into the email message will bring up resize and rotation handles around it. Advanced layout options will be available after double-clicking the image, opening up to a wide array of choices. Users will be able to edit the size and set the position by numerical values.


Image Editor

The Rich Text Formatting gained inspiration from Office 365 apps, providing the users with very recognizable options on the top of the compose message window. It will truly bring the customization of email to users by allowing them to change between fonts, bullets, lists, text colors, text effects, highlights, and more.

Rich Text Formatting

Rich Text Formatting

The editor features will be released within the next few weeks, but it should be noted that Office Insiders are often able to play with them early as usual. According to the Suggestion Box site, the team continues to develop new features and tools for Outlook on Mac. Voted topics such as returning the ‘edit message’ capability, making Office add-Ins available while composing emails, and the ability to create tables in Outlook are planned for future release.

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