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How to Change the Default Font in Microsoft Word 2007

October 6th, 2008

ms-word-2007-double-spacing.jpgIn this follow-up to her article on eliminating double spacing in Word 2007, this brief tutorial by Sarah Borroum tackles the issue of changing program’s default font. Many users want to do this, especially since 12-point font has become standard for most documents that are written as academic papers or manuscripts.


If you’re using Microsoft Word 2007, you might be frustrated by the default font. When you create a new document, Word ’07 starts you off with 11-point Calibri: a nice enough font, but not the right size for every user. Many of us prefer a 12-point serif font like Times New Roman; switching to that setup every time a new document opens gets old and annoying.

The nice thing about Word ‘07’s default templates is that they’re easy to modify. With a few mouse clicks, you can tell Word that you want every new document to have the selected font, in the size that you specify. Here’s how.

  • Go ahead and use the toolbar at the top of the screen to select the font and size you want.
  • When you’re satisfied, look right below that toolbar for “Font.” There’s a small box on the right-hand side: click this to bring up a menu.
  • Click the “Character Spacing” tab in that menu box.
  • Look at the bottom left corner of the box. You will see a button marked “Default.” Click this.
  • Another box will pop up, asking you if you’re sure that you really want the currently selected font options to apply to every new document. Click “Yes” to proceed.
  • Now click the “OK” button at the bottom of the menu box.

Every time you create a new document, the font and size that you selected will be the default. This saves you a little time with every new file because you no longer have to switch to your personal preferences.



5 Responses to “How to Change the Default Font in Microsoft Word 2007”

  1. comment number 1 by: Substituted Fonts

    Good stuff. I also want to share how to get rid of a substituted font:
    http:/www.microsystems.com/videos/howto/substitutefonts/

  2. comment number 2 by: yudi

    well, thanks. It takes time for me to locate where the Office 07 puts the stuffs. Thank you.

  3. comment number 3 by: Great Idea for Default Font

    Yes this has been driving me crazy.
    But this solution works perfect. Thanks

  4. comment number 4 by: Andre

    Yes, this has been driving me crazy too; I get the font style to change but not the font size!

  5. comment number 5 by: Dabster

    Great stuff the font and double spacing made me dislike 2007 thanks,

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