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Change Microsoft Word Default Settings!

If like me you do a lot of work on Microsoft Word, you will notice that every time you open a new document the default settings are as followed. Font Calibri (body), Font Size 11 with single spaced lines. If also, like me, this really frustrates you as you have to spend precious writing time altering the settings each and every time, whether it be before or afterwards, it can certainly get tiresome. But fear not my friends, I have found a way of changing these default settings on Microsoft word.

Some people may have already figured this out, but for the people whom haven’t, here is a little guide for you to follow.

(For Microsoft 2013 only)

  • Open a new document in Microsoft Word and you shall see it is laid out in the usual default settings.


  • In order to start to modify the default settings you will need to click on the advanced font options button (as demonstrated below)


  • Within these settings you shall see options to change font name, size and colour. After you have chosen the settings you would like, you must click ‘Set as Default’.


  • Once you have done this you can then do it with other options i.e. spacing


  • Just modify and ‘Set As Default’


You can modify in whichever way you want, I modified mine to the standard manuscript distribution format, Times new Roman – 12 – double spacing. But you could modify it to whatever you want, it is quick and easy to do. I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. Enjoy!

By Liz Daniels