How To Change Default Word Template

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How can I change the default settings of Microsoft Word such as line spacing and space after paragraph so that when I open a document it is already set to my personal style?

Thanks, Anne

Dear Anne,

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It is actually quite easy to set up your default settings in Word. Here is how.

In Word 2003 follow these directions.

1. Open Microsoft Word to a blank document. I like to press Ctrl + A (the shortcut for select all) but in a new, blank document it is not really necessary.

2. Click on “Format” and then “Font” in the menu bar. This will open a window for changing the font type, style and size.

3. Change the font size and any other changes you might want to make. 

4. In the lower, left hand corner of the window, there is a button that says “Default…” click on this button. 

5. A window will appear asking you if you want to change the default font. It will also tell you that this will affect all new documents based on the NORMAL template. Click “Yes”.

 

For Word 2007 and 2010, These are the steps to follow:

 

1. Open Microsoft Word to a new, blank document.

2. On the “Home” ribbon, select the font and size that you prefer.

3. Click on the small arrow in the bottom, right corner of the “Font” section of the ribbon to open the “Font” dialog Box.

4. In the lower, left hand corner of the window, there is a button that says “Default…” click on this button. 

5. A window will appear asking you if you want to change the default font. It will also tell you that this will affect all new documents based on the NORMAL template. Click “Yes”.

6. Repeat these steps using the “Paragraph” section of the ribbon.

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Comments

    • JalB
    • November 17, 2012

    She asked though, how to set the line spacing, etc. Not the font. I have trouble also with the line spacing. Can you answer that question?

    1. Hi JalB,

      The last step explains how to do it with the paragraph section. It is exactly the same as the font section.
      Click the small arrow in the bottom right corner of the paragraph section, make your changes, then click the “Default” button.

    • Emma
    • February 20, 2013

    Nothing has frustrated me more than MS Word 2010. I tried the above and it did not work. When I
    Googled it there were an awful lot of people out there who said it didn’t. I finally set up a blank document with the font, style and everything I wanted, then saved it. Then I created a short cut to that document and put it on the task bar. I finally found a way to use single spacing by going to style and click on something there. I think I finally found it in “simple”

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