Change the font and spacing used for ^all^ new documents

Changing fonts and spacing is a relatively easy skill to master. What's more, it's one that translates across all Microsoft Office apps.

How to Change Microsoft Word's default font

Why reinvent the wheel everytime you open a new document? It's your copy of Word; get it to work the way you want to so you can dive right into document creation.

Here's what to do:

1. On the PC version of Word, start with either a blank document, or select existing text that's formatted with the properties you want to use.

2. On the Home tab, click the Font Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the Font tab.

font dialog box launcher

Choose your desired defaults, and then click Set As Default. You'll then see two options:

  • Select This document only? if you want your changes to apply to only the current document.
  • Select All documents based on Normal .dotm template? if you want your changes to apply to any document based on the Normal template.

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On the Word for Mac side of things, it's almost exactly the same, with the exception of how you get to the dialing box.

  • From the Format menu, click Font, then click the Font tab.
  • Choose your desired defaults and then click Default.

As on the PC side, you'll then be asked where you want the changes to apply: to only this document or to all future docs based on the Normal template

 

And note that most styles in Word are based on the Normal style. Changing the default font also changes the Normal style, which affects any other style that is built on the Normal style.

 

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The full video walk-through is below. Enjoy, and happy document writing!

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