Lesson 17: Changing Your Default Settings in Word
Changing your default settings in Word
There may be certain settings in Word that get on your nerves, like default settings that you find yourself changing over and overthe paragraph spacing, the font sizeeach time you start a new document.
Maybe you prefer a different font style instead of the default Calibri. Maybe you like all of your documents to have narrower margins so you can fit more information on the page. Maybe you even work for a company that has very specific document standardsregarding the color scheme or layoutand you're tired of changing these settings every time.
Luckily, you can customize many of the default settings in Word. You just have to know where to look.
Using Set as Default
You can't change the default settings for everything in Word, but there are certain tools and features that give you this option. Popular examples include:
- Paragraph spacing
- Line spacing
- Page orientation
To find out if you can customize the default settings for a certain element, look for an arrow in the bottom-right corner of the group. This will open a dialog box where you can access all of the basic settings, plus some more advanced ones that you won't find on the Ribbon.
Next, look for a button near the bottom of the dialog box that says Set as Default. All you have to do is click this button, and Word will assign your current settingslike the font or font size you've chosenas the new default for this particular element.
Finally, Word will ask whether you want to set this as the default for this document only, or for all documents based on the Normal template (in other words, all documents in the future). Choose the second option, and Word will use these settings from now on.
If you don't have a lot of experience with Word, you may want to stick with the original default settingsany changes you make will be permanent, unless you change them back manually. But for more experienced users, this can be a great way to set up Word exactly the way you want.
If you are experiencing a problem getting your default changes to save, it might be an issue with your computer or your copy of Word. For help, we recommend visiting Microsoft's support site.