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Changing the Default Font in Microsoft Word

Jean from Colorado writes:

Is there a way to change the default font in MS Word permanently? I’ve tried in the past, but it always goes back again. It’s very frustrating!

Great question, Jean. Depending what type of work you’re doing, you may be required to write in a certain font style and size. For instance, the newer versions of Microsoft Word use Calibri size 11 as the default font, so many people are trying to make it the “standard” font as opposed to the previous standard, Times New Roman size 12, that most of us have grown accustomed to over the years.

Having to change the font type and size can be quite frustrating — especially if you need to do it each and every time you open up Microsoft Word. Luckily, there’s a quick, convenient way to do this and make it last!

Start by opening up Microsoft Word (this tutorial will be using Microsoft Word 2000) and select “Format” followed by “Font” in the toolbar.

Next, change the font, size and any other setting you’d like to make the default. Once you’re happy with your changes, click the “Default” button.

Upon clicking the “Default” button, Clippy or another Office Assistant will pop up and confirm that you’d like to change the default font. This may be one of the few times you will ever be happy to see Clippy, so enjoy it while it lasts! Quietly thank your rarely-loved Office Assistant and click “yes”.

Now it’s time to save this default font. You may think you’re finished, but you’re not — without this final step, your default font will not automatically load into other documents.

All you need to do is hold down the “Shift” key on your keyboard while clicking “File” on your toolbar. This will bring up a hidden option, “Save All.” Click on it to add the default setting to all documents.

And you’re done! If you ever need to change the default font back, simply follow these instructions again. Don’t forget to “Save All”!

~Chad Stetson