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.

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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!

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

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

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

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152 Comments

  1. Mead
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 11:00:00

    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
      Mar 01, 2012 @ 12:54:00

      I hate that feature, too!

  2. Ev6m
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 12:35:00

    Great!!! Thanks…

  3. Lestermartino208
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 05:04:00

    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 

  4. Jessika Vaupel
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 06:16:00

    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!

  5. annathule
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 21:20:00

    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!

  6. Kvasir
    Jul 08, 2012 @ 18:30:00

    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).

  7. rbriguera
    Jul 24, 2012 @ 05:37:00

    Thank you. Very Helpful. :)

  8. Sandi
    Aug 27, 2012 @ 06:20:00

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

  9. Rhonda
    Nov 27, 2012 @ 11:43:00

    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!!!!