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How to set a default font type and font size in MS Word?


Date: 07 Oct 2015   Posted By: Vandana     Group: General Questions    Category: Other Questions   

I would like to permanently set the font type in MS Word to Arial. That way, each time I open a Word doc, I do not need to select the entire text and then select the font type. It will be quicker to start work that way. Is there some type of settings feature whereby I can do this? Also, is it possible to do so for the font size too?

Further, in an Excel spreadsheet also can the setting be fixed just as in a Word doc? Please give simple step by step guidance since I am not very good at technical stuff.


Irritated by the constant need of changing your font type and size each time you open a new Word document? Read the way(s) that our experts have suggested to change the default font type and size in Microsoft Word.


Author: Ankit    11 Oct 2015      Member Level: Gold     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

It would have been good if you had also provided the Microsoft Office version you are using because the steps to change the default font size and type vary a little with each version.
To change the default font and size you have to change the default settings of the template. Here I will be explaining the steps by using the Normal template but for all templates it will remain the same.

For Office 2010:
  1. Open a new document if you don't have one already open. Select Normal template and click on Create.
  2. Go to Font and select Font layout.
  3. Select the font size and type you want to apply.
  4. Click Set as Default
  5. Select the option "All documents based on the Normal.dotm template?" and then click on OK.
For Office 2007:
If you already don't have a document open, select the New option in the Microsoft Office Button, select Blank Document and click on Create.
  1. Click on Font option and select the font size and type you want.
  2. Click on Default and then Yes to change the default font. Like for Office 2010, the change will be applied at template level, in this case the Normal template.
  3. Click OK
  4. Click on the Microsoft Office Button and select Word Options.
  5. Unhide the hidden commands in the Customize tab by selecting the Commands Not in the Ribbon option and and click on Save All.
  6. Click Add > OK > Save All in the customized Quick Access Toolbar.
This should change you default font settings. If you are using some other version of Office then refer the Microsoft Office page for more info.


Author: Mahesh    11 Oct 2015      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 10  (Rs 10)    Voting Score: 0

I use MS Office 2013 (and 2016 tech preview version). So the information mentioned in this reply applies to the specific version.

1. Open MS Word 2013
2. Select Home tab.
3. Choose Styles block from the toolbar.
4. Select the default style from the blocks.
5. Right click on that style and choose "Modify" from the context menu option.
6. You'll find "Modify Style" dialog box.
7. Choose the font of your choice i.e. ' Arial'.
8. Save the settings by clicking on "Ok' Button.

That's all. You can now find that the default font is set to "Arial" whenever new document is loaded.






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