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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.


  1. 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!

  2. 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).

  3. Thank you. Very Helpful. :)

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

  5. 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!!!!

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