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How to Change the Default Settings in Microsoft Word 2007

Word 2007 has some interesting default settings to say the least, and I’m sure that I am not the only one that would like to change them. Today, I’m going to show you how to change those awful settings to something that suits you better.

First, you want to open up Word 2007, and open the font settings box by clicking on the bottom right corner of the font options part of the home tab.

expand font

Now that the font settings are up, change all of the settings to what you like and click the default button in the bottom left corner. It will ask you if you are sure, but of course you are!

font window

Next, you will open up the paragraph settings by clicking on the bottom right of the paragraph options in the home tab.

expand paragraph

You should have just opened the options window for paragraph. Change the settings to what you want and click the default button.

paragraph window

No longer do you have to change the settings every time you open Word 2007.

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  • Barbara Fox

    I would like some assistance in Microsoft Word. I have a default setting for the ‘Thumbnails, Tiles, Icons, List and Details’ icon. Every time I open a folder, it defaults to ‘Tiles’. I would like to know how to change to default to ‘List’ if that is at all possible. I am so used to that format, that I find it frustrating to change the ‘Tiles’ to ‘List’ every time I am in a document.

    I would appreciate the help you can give me in resolving this issue. Thanking you in advance, Barbara Fox

  • Michelle Moore

    I have a problem with Adobe reader being the default even though I am saving all of my documents to Word. How do I change the default from Adobe Reader to Microsoft Word? I am in school and my documents have to be saved in Word not adobe reader, it seems like nothing I do is working. So if someone could help me with this I would so greatly appreciate this!!

    Thank You
    Michelle Moore

  • Scott

    A colleague of mine at work has MS Word 2007 on his home computer and has somehow managed to change the defaults somehow that all he can open is MS WORKS files. Do you know how to change it back so he may open any type of Word file?

  • http://www.microsystems.com/tipstricksdisplay.php?tipNo=023 Word Settings

    There are some other options you should uncheck in Word as well. There’s a nice article about it here:

    http://www.microsystems.com/tipstricksdisplay.php?tipNo=023

  • RAKESH KUMAR

    I am using MS Word in this i am unable to change fonts as i am getting only one font option i e Device Fonts. I am unable to get fonts like courier,ariel or any other fonts. I tried to change the default fonts settings but i am unable to change the fonts there also as i am getting only one font there, kindly help me in this matter. i am sending one link in which there iit is showing all the fonts in the font option ………..kindly help me at the earliest

    http://www.lostintechnology.com/how-to/how-to-change-the-default-settings-in-microsoft-word-2007

  • Scott Butler

    I have changed the paragraph default settings again and again and they will not stay. I work on the same document without closing it and the paragraph spacing option continually goes back to the original setting. It is very frustrating! Why is this?

    • Christina

      that happened to me too.

      • Guest

        Are you pasting into the document? Sometimes pasting brings in the formatting of the document you’re pasting from.

  • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

    I’m not sure why it would change while you are working on it. Have you tried opening a new document and starting form scratch?

  • Kyle Green

    Kyle your a life saver! Thanks for the help on changing the defaults. I should also add your a computer saver as I will no longer be on the verge of destroying mine in frustration! Thanks!

  • Barbara

    I have been using Word 2007 now for about 2 years. I have always been able to change the font and paragraph defaults. I’ve just received a new computer and now those particular default buttons do not work. I’ve tried changing the “Normal” style and use it, but every setting defaults to Calibri (Body) 11pt. What am I missing? Never had this problem in the past. Thanks for any help you can provide.

    • Linda

      I have had the same problem. I can’t get the font default to stay. It changes every time I get our of Microsoft Word. Any suggestions?????

  • Noelia

    Thanks for the advice! Now I don’t have to change the settings every time…

  • RJ

    I have changed my default settings in Word 2007 to pretty much look like Word 2003. However, on last default setting eludes me. Whenever I hit enter to move down to the next line while creating a document the first letter of that line is capitalized. How do I change the default setting in Word 2007 so that the first letter is not capitalized? Thanks for any help you can provide.

  • Grateful

    Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!! Your tip will save countless minutes of changing their ridiculous defaults.

  • Tim

    I want to change the paragraph option of “Don’t add a line between paragraphs of the same style,” to keep that box checked but every time I check the box and click default it doesn’t keep it set to that. Any suggestions?

  • Hope

    Thanks these tips have been really helpful!
    Here are some more q’s maybe I could get some answers on

    I have the same problem with the “add a line” button. It drives me crazy! How can I get the default to keep it checked?

    Also the tool bar at the top always hides how and I have to re-open it every time I want to change something. This always drives me insane. One day it suddenly changed and started doing that. Suggestions?

  • MyMath

    I use the drawing tool bar to create drawings for math and need to reset the defaults so the alignment is for the page not the margin and the drawing in always behind the text . can this be done. It is annoying having to reset it before and after grouping and ungrouping pictures together.
    Thank you for your help.

  • cjk26

    first thing i saw gave me the help i needed

    thank you very much!!

    :)

  • Loz

    Thankyou so much!
    I had so much trouble, I had no idea how to adjust the settings to suit my needs but now it’s all customised. Thankyou!

    x

  • ahmed

    the items (file,edit,view,favourites,tools,help) do not appear on the top of my word document ,plz how to make these items appear

  • Bonnie

    Every time I use “Find” and “Replace” Word sets the Find function to search from the point I am in the document, downward. I want it to search the entire document. How do I change what appears to be a really stubborn default setting?

    Thanks!

  • http://Gmail.com Shai

    Enumerate the Default settings of the Microsoft Word 2007.

  • john

    thank you

  • kerri

    Thank you so much. I really got tired of always having to change settings every time i would open up a word document

  • laurie

    All of my documents open with the cursor at the very very top of the page. If I “add header” it moves into the correct location. If I don’t add the header, the page will correctly print as if I had added the header. There’s no default for adding headers as far as I can find. Help!

  • Marie

    Thank you…. this info was great. the “normal” / default setting was driving me crazy. I have changed it to the way I like. Thanks again. :)

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I’m glad I could help!

  • kiran

    I want to change the paragraph option of “Don’t add a line between paragraphs of the same style,” to keep that box checked but every time I check the box and click default it doesn’t keep it set to that. Any suggestions?

  • blackfish

    I need HELP!!! i wrote this letter on word and now for some reason when ever i open a new document i see it. i don’t know how to change the settings so that everytime i open up word i have a blank page

  • illmatic

    awesome, thanks for this

  • Bernd

    Is there any possibility to open .log, .tmp or .dat – files with Word 2007 and get simple, plain and readable text t? I’ve tried so many different text readers and still can´t get to read one complete sentence.

    Regards,
    Bernd Dillmann

  • Mary

    I have the same problem as several people here — a couple ‘paragraph’ default settings won’t stick where I want them to (the add-a-line and the widow-control). Do you know what the problem is? Thanks! And thsi may look like a duplicate comment, but the first time I failed to push the “notify me” button.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I’ve looked into the issue, but I’m not sure what is causing it.

  • Katie

    Thank you for your help. The default double spacing was doing my head in!!

  • Mary

    Hi Kyle — I’ve noticed that after I’ve unsuccessfully set my default to single line spacing and no widow control, I open up a new document and the “styles” go right to “Normal” instead of “No spacing”, but I can’t figure out how to change the default “style”. Incidentally, the No spacing style isn’t really my default because the widow control is back on. Does this information help?

  • vindicator

    On the Mac version of Word there is no ‘Default’ button in the Paragraph tab. Is there another way or is it just not possible?

  • Mothy

    Wow. That annoyed me for the longest time. I cant believe i missed that little arrow. Who would have guessed it solved the problem.

    I love you really. Really.

    Btw, i also check the box in the paragraph settings that puts a space in between paragraphs. Whenever I type a single-spaced paper I would never put a space in between every paragraph… its just stupid.

  • ams

    Thank you!! You’ve just made my life saner, and i suppose better in under a minute.

  • joon

    any more thoughts on how to fix 2007 defaults that won’t “stay”. I too keep changing the default, and requesting “no space after paragraph” no line, etc., but no matter what i do the issue does not resolve itself. thanks…anyone!

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      Unfortunately, I don’t know the answer to your problem. It seems to work for me using the same methodology as above, but every machine can act different.

  • Mary

    I think I fixed my obstinate default. I highlighted the style up top in the menu bar that says “no spaces”, went to the “change styles” spot, clicked on it and then clicked on “save as default”. I *think* that’s what I did, but I can’t be sure cuz I futzed around a lot with things before it worked. Although I’m not sure on the how, I am sure that I had to fix something in styles to get the default to stick.

  • Tom

    Thanks dude, no idea why I couldn’t figure this out earlier but it will seriously save me some aggravation in the future.

  • Lisa Hicks

    When I type and make a mistake and go back to correct it, as I type in the correct word or letters my original typing starts to disappear. I believe I have touched a wrong button on my keyboard.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      You should be able to hit the Insert key to change this option.

  • Bremol

    I can’t get the ‘show white space between pages in print layout view’ to stay unchecked in Word Options no matter how many times I uncheck it. I’m getting extremely frustrated because I don’t like the white space when I use the Print Layout View.

    Any idea how to make Word keep the setting?

  • Lila

    recently, i was trying to find out how to add the corner squares in MS word 07, which i still havent found the answer too.
    BUT, something changed, and now some of the “blue” writing on thew keys is whats activated, and not the normal buttons, eg, when i push the “/” button, i get é.

    PLEASE, can someone help me fix this, or tell me how to restore all of the word settings, back to normal,

    THANKS, in advance!

  • http://www.RealEstateFresnoClovis.com Israel

    For those of you having this problem “Don’t add a line between paragraphs of the same style,” to keep that box checked but every time I check the box and click default it doesn’t keep it set to that. I have a solution that worked for me and should work for you. Try this first. If this doesn’t work, please post, I have one other thing you can try. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/921174

  • Christina

    Thank you for your help! I was wondering how to do that.

  • Anonymous

    Man, this is just what I needed! Thanks a ton for this!

  • Ian D

    I have changed the default settings to what I want. However, when I close word 2007, all the default settings I put in go away, and when I reopen word 97, the MS default 200setting reoccure. So I have to do this everytime I reopen word. Is there any way to make the default settings stick. They did stay in office 2003

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      I’m not sure why it would do that. :(

  • Eric

    Heads up people on the Word defaults…

    It looks like there’s a problem with the Operating System when changing defult settings for Word. I can change the settings in Word 2007 on Windows 7, but not Word 2007 on Windows XP Pro.

    Hey Microsoft, are you listening!

  • b

    The default in track changes is to track formatting changes. I want to change that so that the default is not to track formatting changes so that I don’t have to change it with each document I have to edit. Any suggestions?

    thanks.

  • Tori

    Thank you so much! I have been struggling for awhile having to change it to my style each and every time I open a new document and I knew there had to be a way to change them but I looked all over and in the help place and well I must have overlooked that part. So thank you for putting it so simply and love the picture :)

  • LM

    Thank you! Exactly what I was looking for.

  • me101

    why did my picture styles bar go away in word 2007? the one under picture tools.

  • PZor

    Any ideas – i have the same question…..
    The default in track changes is to track formatting changes. I want to change that so that the default is not to track formatting changes so that I don’t have to change it with each document I have to edit.

    • Sandra

      This also goes back to your Normal template. Shut all other Word documents, make sure you can see hidden files, then search for Normal*.dot* (you can leave off the asterisks if searching in 2003 or before). Right-click to open the Normal template! Double-clicking just opens a new generic unnamed document.

      Under the Review menu, unhighlight the Track Changes box. Then save the Normal template. Your new docs will not open with Track Changes being set as “on.”

      • Ryan

        Hi Sandra.  Your response is helpful, but it doesn’t solve the problem that B, PZor, and I all share.  You can disable track changes for new documents with this method, but it doesn’t turn off tracking of formatting.  Any ideas how to do that?  It’s annoying to have to repeated turn off tracking of formatting!

  • Dee

    This does not work for me for line spacing and it’s frustrating! I know there’s a way of saving the default via templates or something but I don’t remember how to do it nor can I find it on the web. Any suggestions? The default button doesn’t work even though it says are you sure you want to change the default and I click yes.

    • Helen

      Hey there,
      This worked for me… Perhaps if you check when you set your paragraph settings that all the number boxes read “0” and that the line spacing box is set at “single”. Otherwise word will keep the normal template with that weird spacing. Hope this helps!

    • Ka

      Although the font change worked, the same thing happened to me with the paragraph spacing and it’s unbelievably frustrating! I did a little more research and found out that if you change the setting right in the “Styles” bar, it works perfect.
      Right-click the box that says “Normal” and choose “Modify” from the little window that pops up. From there, make the changes you want to make (for paragraph spacing, click on “Format” on the lower left-hand corner) and, at the bottom, select “New documents based on this template,” click ok, and you’re set!

      Hope this helps =)

      • Hazel

        Thank you so much!! Someone must have worked hard to make this incredibly frustrating. Some little geek is laughing at us.

  • geebee

    Thank goodness!! This worked for me, too. I kept trying to change the default under page setup and could’t understand why it wouldn’t work. (I want my WordPerfect!)

  • Dilys

    Dear Kyle Judkins,

    Thank you so much I have struggled with this so much and your instructions were so clear.

    Regards Dilys

  • ragu

    the ms word letters are in box format how to change that into original format

  • Chris

    When I open MIcrosoft Word, it somehow defaulted to my company’s letter head. How do I change it back to a blank page??

    • Sandra

      This also goes back to your Normal template. Shut all other Word documents, make sure you can see hidden files, then search for Normal*.dot* (you can leave off the asterisks if searching in 2003 or before). Right-click to open the Normal template! Double-clicking just opens a new generic unnamed document.

      Clear out the Normal template, and save. Voila! no more letterhead.

    • Sandra

      Whenever you find something that happens when just open Word, look at your Normal template. Shut all other Word documents, make sure you can see hidden files, then search for Normal*.dot* (you can leave off the asterisks if searching in 2003 or before). Right-click to open the Normal template! Double-clicking just opens a new generic unnamed document.

      Clear out the Normal template, and save. Voila! no more letterhead.

  • Omar

    that was great and helpful explanation.
    Thank you thank you thank you

  • Magee

    Much obliged, exactly what I wanted to do.

  • Weary Willie

    Thanks. Just in time. I was about to explode

  • MaryAnn

    Bless you…this has been driving me absolutely NUTS!

  • Ian

    I have done all that, and every time I close Word 2007, I have to do it all over again. Any suggestions???

  • BJ Lee

    Trying to set default font and size as well as paragraph spacing. Problem is that the bottom right corner of the font options part of the home tab is shaded, cannot click on it.

    Suggestions? Thank you.

    • Ka

      If you change the setting right in the “Styles” bar, it works great.
      Right-click the box that says “Normal” and choose “Modify” from the little window that pops up. From there, make the changes you want to make (for paragraph spacing, click on “Format” on the lower left-hand corner) and, at the bottom, select “New documents based on this template,” click ok, and you’re set!

      Hope this helps =)

  • Hannah

    Thanks so much for posting! And thanks to everybody who commented! Very helpful. I really appreciate it.

  • Susan

    Thanks a lot, Kyle, for this kind of info and to all those who contributed to the comments. Very useful. You’ve all helped reduce the “frustration” level!!

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      You’re welcome!

  • Mr. Midgett

    What do you do when changing the defaults in the styles and in the drop down menus does not work? I have tried everything and cannot get my defaults to change.
    Step one was the font default.
    Step two was the paragragh default.
    Step three was the styles default and to date nothing seems to stay.
    As soon as I exit the program, the defaults seem to be reset back to what they were before and nothing seems to help.

    • Ka

      Make sure you select “New documents based on this template,” which means that every new document will have the settings you set as your default. Otherwise, every time you open a new document it will go back to Microsoft’s original settings.

      Hope this helps!

      • Sandra

        Even better, modify your Normal template.

        And if other users in your office are having problems, share the Normal template.

        Oh, and be sure to uncheck all the automatically update “features” on the styles if you want to take the first step in preventing things from shifting.

        [Next step involves Autoformat and Autoformat as you type.]

  • Bob

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! I absolutely hate the defaults but had never figured out how to change them. You are a lifesaver.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      You’re very welcome!

  • Muzammil

    Thank you very much! This has been bugging me for a while!

  • Randy

    Great posting, but is there a way to have Word 2007 always start in tracking mode? I know how to change styles, but it doesn’t seem to allow tracking as a part of the style sheet.

  • Jimmy Crackcorn

    Where is Preferences in Word 2007 to change “smart quotes” to non-smart quotes? Feeling like a non-smart quote.

    • Sandra

      Find your AutoCorrect dialog box (in 2007, use the Office icon, choose the Word Options button at the bottom, click on the Proofing option in the lefthand side of the framework, then click on the AutoCorrect options in the AutoCorrect section at the top).

      In the AutoCorrect dialog box, click on the AutoFormat as you type tab. In the 1st section, you can uncheck the “Straight quotes” with “smart quotes” option so Word will not automatically change this for you.

      Otherwise, you can use the Insert Symbol feature, if you only want a one-off.

  • Pete

    Is there a way to make the default view “Page Width”? I seem to have to select that every time. The Style doesn’t seem to have that option. Maybe this is one I have to live with. Thanks for any advice.

    • Sandra

      You can always set up a macro. Other than saving the file at the desired setting, not sure if anything will hold.

    • Sandra

      Whenever you find something that happens when just open Word, look at your Normal template. To open the Normal template, shut all other Word documents, make sure you can see hidden files, then search for Normal*.dot* (you can leave off the asterisks if searching in 2003 or before). Right-click to open the Normal template! Double-clicking just opens a new generic unnamed document.

      Once you are in the Normal template, you can change your View–however you save the Normal template is how ALL new documents will be.

  • Cameron

    My kid did that and I want to get it back to the original settings. How do I do that?

  • Nancy

    How do I permenantly keep my page layout view in the “One Page” layout? The program consistently defaults to a a two-page layout. I work with a lot of one-pagers and have to zoom out often to get the overall look and feel of the doc and the zoomed-out view “shifts” the document (1 page) to the left of my desktop screen. It’s annoying. I want it centered in my screen.

    • Sandra

      I’ve explained how to open the Normal template above…

      You will want to open it, change your View settings in it to exactly how you always want Word to open, then Save, and close out Word.

      The Normal template gets changed very easily, often without users realizing.

  • Cindy

    THANK YOU! I’ve had an issue at work and it has been driving me crazy! You saved me!

  • John

    Can you change the margins from centimetres to inches? Can this be the default.

    • Sandra

      John, Yes, you can change this–in Word 2007/10/11, click on the Office logo above/left the Home menu. Click on Advanced, and scroll down to the Display section. Choose Inches, Centimeters, Millimeters, Points, or Picas. Then click the Okay button.

  • Clarke

    I’ve tried checking “Don’t add space between paragraphs of the same style” and then clicking “default” to permanently change the setting, but when I open a new document it always goes back to not being checked. Is there something else I need to do?

    • Sandra

      Clarke, This also goes back to the Normal template. Unfortunately, you will need to open that (I have described how in other postings), and you will need to change that in EVERY STYLE you want this to change. Happy formatting. Hope this helps you quit doing this again and again.

  • Jagadeesh Bharadwaj

    Please let me know how to create default with reference to clipart so that whenever I open MS WORD 2007, THE CLIPART should appear on the right side of the page.

    Please help

    • Sandra

      Jagadeesh, I think you might be best served by a macro opening this or by a shortcut key that you have programmed to do this. Please let us know what seems to work best for you. I would be interested in hearing.

  • merry

    hey how to change my microsoft word 4rm read only option???..i cant edit dere..why?

    • Sandra

      merry,
      A Word form is locked when it is protected. It might be protected with or without a password. If it does not have a password, just unprotect, and you will be able to edit. If you do not have the password, you are not able to unlock and edit the form. I say that, but I have heard some people talk about ways around that. However, I am not sure what hacks or methods are best.

  • Jagadeesh Bharadwaj

    Even though I set Arial Font as default, when I open a new word document, it opens with Verdana Font.

    Can anybody help me please ???????????

  • Sandra

    Hello Jagadeesh, you will want to open your Normal template. I have described how to open this previously. Make the changes to the styles in that.

    This might be too much… but a caution if you really get into changing your styles regarding tables:
    You might also need to be careful if you change the default fonts used in various table styles. Applying styles to tables when the tables have something defined/applied for font/size/bold/italic/etc. already means that applying another style to that can have unexpected results. For example, if I defined table heading rows as bold in a table design, and then I applied a Table Heading style that should be bold from the list of styles, the 2 bolds cancel out (think of one checking the Bold box, then the second one as unchecking it–so the text would not be bold, although both styles defined it as bold).
    Ignore this unless you are also defining table styles. :)

  • Amy

    How can I stop the cursor from moving automatically to wherever it’s hovering in the document? Sometimes it just randomly moves to another spot in the document while I’m typing, inserting the text where I don’t want it.

  • http://helpdesk.bigwebapps.com Patrick

    Thanks a lot for putting this up. It was driving me crazy as well! It’s like getting a new pair of shoes :)

  • Christine

    Word 2007 in Vista: how do I change my document default settings so that “save” saves as 2007-2003 compatible as the default choice?

    • christine

      I still have the first question about default on “save” as the 97-2003 format (that’s the format I actually meant, not 2007-2003!) but I did find a way to “save as” with this as the format default: Select save as, “tools”, “save options”, “save files in this format” choose your format.

  • Jenny

    I really hope someone can help. Have created a set of template documents using styles which work on all computers across a network, except one. The Normal font is set as Arial but this computer creates a document with all text (body & tables, but except numbered bullets) Times New Roman. I have amended the default font (inc. on the Normal template), I have replaced the normal template (/Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Templates) with one from a computer that does work, I have checked all the style sheets & they all show Arial.

    The only way around this is to create the doc & then reapply the style format to the text.

    Driving me nuts!

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  • Wemeerick

    How do I cahnge the application settings to a New Date Partition?

  • Rod

    Ok, I need a little help. The problem is printing in color or B/W. Under the device setting we have told the printer to print B/W, I open Word 2007 (a color Document), press print, select the printer that will print both B/W and color. open the Properties button, then select to print the document in color, press ok, press ok again. No I told the application to print in color, but the paper comes out in B/W.

    I go back into the device setting for the printer I tell it to print in color this time. I tab over the my word app. print the doc in color again, it comes out B/W even when everything is set to color.

    I close word, reopen the same file, tell it to print in color and it prints in color, only after restarting Word 2007.

    I have removed the printer, uninstalled and reinstalled Office 2007. What is up? Please help.
    Rod

  • Arose215

    “No longer do you have to change the settings every time you open Word 2007.”
    LIES! Every damn time I open a new document, it resets to what it thinks is the default, no matter how many times I tell it to apply my settings. I freakin hate this version of word.

  • Konstantine

    OMG Thanks alottttt!!!!!!!

  • Gortamor

    Just found this!  Thanks so much for posting.  I hate the Word defaults but until now couldn’t figure out how to change them for good.

  • Saddam Ali

    i have a problem that i am getting the default or you can say the orientation i was using before….. if some one can help me to change the orientation of my Ms Word to default I’ll be thank full to him/her….

  • Jg Assist U

    Thank you.  Love the name of your blog.

  • Kevin

    God bless you.  What the hell was Microsoft thinking with all their crazy default settings????

  • Thatsabeast

    what is the best line spacing 

  • Linda

    how do I change my default settings in 2007 to be the same as 2003

  • Ehobbs

    Thank you so much.  You have saved me countless frustrating new documents.

  • TMoney

    I had the same problem.  Followed the instructions from Microsoft and various forums, but it still would not actually save the settings as it was supposed to.  Here’s how to fix it on W7 and presumably Vista:
    1. UNHIDE HIDDEN FILES- Open Explorer. – Click Organize. – Click Folder and Search Options. – Click View tab. Select “Show hidden files, folders, and drives”. – Click OK
    2. EDIT THE NORMAL TEMPLATE FILE- Open Word. – Click Start. – Click Open. – Change file type from All Word Documents to All Word Templates.  – Browse to C:UsersusernameApp DataRoamingMicrosoftTemplates- Select Normal.dotm- Click Open
    3. MAKE FONT/PARAGRAPH CHANGES- Make changes as you would like, but don’t type anything in the document area.- Click Save- Close Word
    Your settings should now be remembered the next time you create a new document.
    REMEMBER to go back and unshow the hidden files from step 1.

    • TMoney

      Step 2 – should be “change file type to All Files”

  • Udzblond

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!  Hope Microsoft is looking into checking with consumers the next time it issues a new product to see what the general user wants for defaults.

  • Margaret

    How do I change the default white space between the number and text?  I want the number, a period, then two spaces before the text starts.  The default is 5 white spaces and I can’t find the way to change it.

  • Linda

    Thanks! Very clear and helpful.

  • Mcold999

    my attachements are being sent in docx but arriving in tmv. How do i change my arriving email attachments to be received as the original format which is docx and not tmv

  • Jjd345345

    THANK YOU!!!

  • Gillian

    Very recently i have had a problem when opening word documents that arrive as an attachment to my emails. When I open a document to view it for some reason a document which is 10 pages long resizes itself to 200+ pages with only a letter or two ( in enormous font) to each page. This makes ready very difficult without printing…what button have I pressed to upset my computer and how do i fix this. Thanks

  • Faiyaz khan

    Thanx for your Support

  • Steve

    It worked.  Thank you.

  • Steve

    It worked.  Thank you.

  • Guest

    This doesn’t work for me….I keep changing the defaults and it keeps changing it back….so I have to leave Word open for the work week…..grrr

  • Chris Womack

    Kyle, thanks very much dude. That default double space was going to cause me to lose my mind. Here’s hoping the program accepts my change to a default single space. 

    Incidentally, throughout the years I’ve found that Microsoft’s default options are often the opposite of what I really want — automatic bulletted lists and numbered lists come to mind. And when they introduce new defaults, they’re just introducing new things that I have to hunt through the program to change. Who are these marketing geniuses?

  • Kathleen

    Thank you, Kyle!!!  I really appreciate this.

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      You’re welcome!

      Sent from my mobile. Please excuse the brevity, spelling and punctuation.

  • Robin Benson

    I cannot get the default settings to stay in Microsoft Word 2007.  It always reverts back to the Calabri 11 point font and 10 point paragraph settings.  I have followed the steps and even turned off my firewall settings while doing it…..it will change then the next document that i open is back to the original settings.  HElp!

  • Jane

    Hi again
    I just noticed how to fix the problem. ^^; The thing was behind one other button that I hadn’t checked but luckily I found it. Thanks anyways and sorry for the messages. =)

  • pakclt

    All I want to do is get rid of ALL of the “Styles” except “No Spacing” and set the line spacing at “single space.

    I’ve tried deleting all of the other styles and clicking on “Styles” and trying to change things there.  

    Frankly I did very well before MS decided to get these fancy complicated menues!

  • Mead

    I would like to get rid of the default bullet/number indent. This is driving me crazy.  How do I go about getting this. Thanks,

    • pakclt

      I hate that feature, too!

  • Ev6m

    Great!!! Thanks…

  • Lestermartino208

    i cant copy the picture in to Word document  and i cant copy the excel table in picture form How should i get this please help me 

  • Jessika Vaupel

    Thanks! I have been trying to figure that one out…seems like it should be simple, and the way you put it–it is really simple. This was exactly what I was looking for. You rock!

  • annathule

    THANK YOU!!!! It was frustrating me so, that my husband turned around to see if I was *really* crying for sheer relief!!! (Yeah, I was. Dumb I know, but I was SOOOOOO frustrated!! Have been for months and months!) You helped me FINALLY figure this out! Help sucks for these kinds of things, (try “everything”), bu it lead me here. For once the dang thing helped! :))

    Thank you so much!

  • Kvasir

    Thanks for the images. EHow told you how to change the defaults, but without images I couldn’t figure out where the real properties were (I’m used to right-clicking).

  • rbriguera

    Thank you. Very Helpful. :)

  • Sandi

    Thanks ever so much!!! Frustration gone :-)

  • Rhonda

    Thank you, Kyle! This sounds like it will work. I’m going to use your advice right now to get rid of those AWEFUL settings!!!!

    • http://www.lostintechnology.com Kyle Judkins

      Happy I could help!

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