Zoom text in Eudora

A friend and I were discussing the problems of reading emails in Eudora at different times of day. I need to make text larger in the early morning and late evening.

I found an easy way to zoom text in Eudora. The following instructions only look long because I’ve written out each step. I had to choose an amount to zoom the text so there are two to choose from.

Attached: two scripts compressed into a zip archive: Eudora zoom scripts.


Get ready

  1. Quit Eudora.
  2. Open a Finder window and go to Users >[yourname] >Library >Application Support.
  3. Make a new folder called Eudora.
  4. Open that folder and make a new folder called Scripts.

Install the scripts

  1. Uncompress the file called eu-zoom-buttonszip. That should create two files called eu-zoom-buttons-4.scpt and eu-zoom-buttons-8.scpt. One zooms text by 4 points, the other by 8 points
  2. Put eu-zoom-buttons-4.scpt and eu-zoom-buttons-8.scpt in the folder you created in Step 4.

Use the scripts

  1. Start up Eudora and notice a new menu item called Scripts between the Window and Help menus. You can just use a script by choosing it from that menu, or go on to the next steps.
  2. Command click on the Eudora toolbar. A dialog appears asking you to choose a menu item. Choose Scripts >eu-zoom-buttons-4 or eu-zoom-buttons-4 . A new button appears on the Toolbar. Add the other script too, if you wish.
  3. Open a received email or make a new message. To make the text larger or smaller click on the new Toolbar button you created in Step 8 and choose the action you require.

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  1. Miraz Jordan said:

    Thanks for the warning Patrick. The script worked fine last time I used it, but I see I wrote this post back in July of 2006. I imagine a lot of things have changed since then. I haven’t used Eudora myself for at least 3 years now, when it started becoming unreliable for me.

    Sorry the script caused you problems.

  2. Patrick said:

    My advice is NOT to use these scripts, at least not with Mac Eudora 6.2.4 and an Intel iMac running Mac OS 10.5.8.

    It messed up the viewable font size in every single message in *all* my Mailboxes and using any “revert size” didn’t work and the suggestion to use the Eudora Settings to get things back to normal does NOT work!!

    Thank God I had an older but recent Eudora Settings backup I could use to get things back to normal.

  3. Miraz Jordan said:

    I’m sorry you’re having problems. If you run the script again you should be able to choose either the Bigger or Smaller button to resize the text again.

    If you’ve gone bigger or smaller several times then you might have to choose the other button several times.

    If all else fails go to the Special menu and choose Settings. In the Settings area choose Fonts and Display then set your preferred font and size in the Fonts area.

  4. Knud Albert Jepsen said:

    I installed the scripts and it workes fine, but how do I get back to normal size. All my letters are either big or very small. If possible write me an e-mail.
    Knud Albert

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