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Setting The Default Font in Word 2010

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word

Colane from Sioux City, IA writes:

…and how do you change the default font in Word 2010?

With the change from the menu system to Microsoft’s Ribbon many things seem “lost” to a lot of users. One of those things that many can’t find is how to set the default font in Word 2007 & 2010.

The problem isn’t that it’s difficult – in fact it’s no different than it was before – you just have to get to the Font dialog box in a new way.

Here’s what we seek:


Here’s how we’ll get there:


Click the Launch Dialog button in the bottom right corner of the Font group on the Home tab of the Ribbon… or… use Ctrl + D.

Once the Font dialog box is open make the changes you want applied to the font that will be the default for all new documents.

Now simply click the Default button in the bottom left corner.


Default font set just as you like it.

~ April


2 Responses to “Setting The Default Font in Word 2010”

  1. Jean Lutz says:

    This procedure does NOT work. I’ve tried it dozens of times.Ocassionally it will work for a couple of days and then go right back to MS settings.

    There has to be another way to change the default font and paragraph settings.

  2. L A Graham says:

    I have to think that the only way for this to succeed is to do the same thing I had to do with Word 2007: do the above steps and then Save the document as “Blank.” Then in order to retain those settings, open that saved “Blank” document and save it as whatever your new document will be and proceed.

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