Another change IBM decided to do with Lotus Notes 8.5 was change how unread documents / emails displayed to the color Black and have it Bolded. Previous versions of Lotus Notes unread documents were simply the color Red. If you would like to have it back to the old way, you can change this setting by doing the following:
– Go to File – Preferences – “Fonts and Colors” Section
– Change the unread mail indication to: Plain Red Text from Bold Black Text.
– Click Appy and then OK.