When you make the same change to every document that you create, it can be tedious to perform that action before you start your document. One way around this is to use different default settings. For example, you may want to know how to change the default font in Microsoft Word if you don’t like using the current default.
New installations of Microsoft Word for Office 365 will use the Calibri font by default. But if you want to use Arial or Times New Roman, and are tired of making the switch every time, then it’s possible to skip that step.
Many of the formatting options that are applied to a document can be used by default, meaning that new documents will use those options once they have been applied.
Our guide below is going to show you how to set the default font in Microsoft Word so that you can save yourself some time, and avoid any mistakes that might occur if you happen to forget to change the font.
How to Change the Default Font in Word for Office 365
- Open Word.
- Select the Home tab.
- Click the Font button.
- Click the Font dropdown and choose the font.
- Click Set as Default.
- Choose the All documents based on the Normal.dotm option, then click OK.
Our article continues below with additional information on changing the default font in Word for Office 365, including pictures of these steps.
How to Set a New Default Font in Microsoft Word for Office 365 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed in the Office 365 verswion of Word, but will work in most other versions of Word as well.
Note that this is only going to change the font for new documents going forward. Any existing documents, or documents that you receive from someone else, will retain their current font.
Step 1: Open Microsoft Word.
Step 2: Choose the Home tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Select the small Font button at the bottom-right corner of the Font section of the ribbon.
Step 4: Click the Font dropdown menu near the top of the window, then select the font that you would like to use as the default.
Note that a preview of that font will appear at the bottom of the window. You can also change things like the size, style, and color of the font, if you wish.
Step 5: Click the Set as Default button at the bottom-left corner of the window.
Step 6: Click the circle to the left of the All documents based on the Normal.dotm option, then click the OK button to apply the change.
Now you can close Word and open it back up. If you create a new document it will be using the default font that you just selected. You can perform this action at any time to adjust your the default font for new documents.