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Word: Change default settings

To change the default font in Word, do this:

  1. Open a new Word document

  2. Open the Font dialogue box by pressing <Ctrl+D> or by clicking the bottom right-hand corner of the Font quick access toolbar:

    set default text_1.png

  3. Adjust the font settings to match the way you wish all new Word documents to start, and then click the "Set As Default" button:

    set default text_2.png

  4. Select "All documents..." and click OK in the dialogue that appears:

    set default text_3.png

  5. From now on, all new documents will open with your new default settings.

 

To change the default line spacing (or other paragraph settings) in Word, do this:
  1. If not already done, open a new Word document.

  2. Open the Paragraph dialogue box by clicking the bottom right-hand corner of the Paragraph quick access toolbar:

    set default line spacing_1.png

  3. Adjust your line spacing, and any other paragraph attributes you wish to become default settings, and then click the "Set As Default" button:

    set default line spacing.png

  4. Select "All documents..." and click OK in the dialogue that appears:

    set default line spacing_3.png

  5. From now on, all new documents will open with your new default settings.

Note: Adjusting default settings changes a document called "Normal.dotm" that is saved in your D: drive on your laptop. If you perform these steps on a student desktop workstation, or on any other SD23 computer that does not have a "thawed partition", your changes will not be saved.​