How do I set a font as my default in Microsoft Word?

Question

You addressed default fonts in your newletter today. Pease carry it one step further.

I wish to have Arial to ALWAYS be my default font in MS Word as it is in Excel. As it is now, it has to be established with each new document.

Thanks,

Doyle

Answer

This question was answered on May 22, 2007. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

How to change the style of the default font in Word 2002 or in Word 2003:

To change the style of the default font in Word 2002 or in Word 2003, follow these steps:

1. If you do not have a document open, create a new document that is based on the Normal template.

To do this, click New on the File menu, and then click Blank Document in the New Document task pane.

2. On the Format menu, click Font.

3. Select the font, the point size, and any attributes that you want.

4. Click Default.

5. Click Yes when you receive the following message:

Do you want to change the default font to font name?

This change will affect all new documents based on the NORMAL template.

6. On the File menu, hold the SHIFT key down, and then click Save All.

Note If Word prompts you to save the new blank document, click Cancel. Word will not prompt you to save the changes to the Normal template unless the Prompt to save Normal template option is selected on the Save tab. To find this option, click Options on the Tools menu.

How to change the style of the default font in Word 2007?

To change the style of the default font in Word 2007, follow these steps:

1. If you do not have a document open, create a new document that is based on the Normal template.

To do this, click the Microsoft Office Button, click New in the New Document task pane, click Blank Document, and then click Create.

2. In the Font group, click Fonts.

3. Select the font, the point size, and any attributes that you want in the Fonts dialog box.

4. Click Default.

5. Click Yes when you receive the following message:

Do you want to change the default font to font name?

This change will affect all new documents based on the NORMAL template.

6. Click OK.

7. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.

8. In the Customize tab, select Commands Not in the Ribbon in the list, and then select Save All.

9. Click Add, click OK, and then click Save All in the

customized Quick Access Toolbar.

Note If Word prompts you to save the new blank document, click Cancel. If you want Word to prompt you to save the changes to the Normal template, follow these steps:

1. Click the Microsoft Office Button, and then click Word Options.

2. In the Advanced tab, click to select the Prompt before saving Normal template check box in the Save group.

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Posted by Ryan of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 22, 2007