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Set 2003 Defaults for Word 2007

If you’re using Word 2007 then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the changes to, among other things, default line spacing at 1.15, and extra line after paragraphs and the change in the default font.

Some of you may like all this and some of you may not.

For those of you who long for the defaults of days gone by but don’t want all the hassle of setting them individually I have good news for you!

Here’s the quick way to put back all those basic formats that you miss the most.

What we’re going to do is to change styles and to do that we start on the Home tab of the Ribbon.

In the Styles section you need to click the Change Styles button.


From the options listed choose Style Set. This will change the default setting for spacing, headings, etc.

From the list choose Word 2003.

Now go back to the Change Styles button and choose Fonts.


Scroll through the list until you find Office Classic.

If you want these settings to be defaults then once more go back to the Change Styles button and choose Set as Default from the bottom.


No more longing from the past. With this trick Word changed all those defaults back to the way you remember them making the past your new present.

~ April