Word: Change Default Font

In the new version of Microsoft Office, the default font in Word has been changed. Here is how to change the default font to whatever you wish. This includes Word 2007, 2010, and 2011.

We have had many tutorials about changing Word’s default font over the years. This article combines them all for all known versions. Scroll down to find a particular version of Microsoft Word.

Word for Mac 2011

1. Open a new document, select the Format menu, and click Font.
2. Select your default font in the dialog box.
3. Click Default

4. Confirm with a Yes when asked if you want to change the default font characteristics.
5. Hold down the shift key, click on the File menu, and select Save All.

Word 2007 and 2010

What the is Calibri (Body)? You can change your default font for Microsoft Word if you wish.

1. Open Windows Word.
2. Make sure you have the Home tab selected.
3. Open the font dialog box as seen on this picture.

word 2007 select default font 1

4. Once the font dialog opens, change the default properties you wish. In Word 2007, press the Default button when you are done. In Word 2010, this button text has been changed to Set as Default.

word 2007 select default font 1

Older Versions of Microsoft Word

1. Open Word.
2. Click the Format menu.
3. Select the font, style, and color you wish you use by default.
4. Click the Default button.
5. Confirm.
6. Click OK.

 

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  • Bob

    THANK YOU!!! That was easy and Calibri needs to die.

    • Kyle Brofflowski

      whoa, easy….

      • Patsy

        > this does not work for changing the default font to Arial 12 pt. it always reverts back to Calibri.

        • Donna

          I have tried numerous changes to try to get my default to be Arial 12. When I click Default and say to use for all future documents it does not happen. I have tried under the font tab and the styles tab My next document is back in caliph 11i.
          I have Word 2007.

    • Rlofl

      Agreed.  It was not easy figuring out why it insisted on making it “(Body)”, and find & replace doesn’t match if it’s tagged as such.

  • Eddie

    Thank you, it works!

    For some reason when I type a letter it comes out double space eg

    11 Acacia Avenue

    Bodmin

    Grateful for any advice.

    • Kethrial

      Next to where you open the font window, you can open a window called Paragraph, where you can set your line spacing. Make sure it is single-spaced, with 0pt before and after. If you want a little bit more space between the lines without it being obviously double-spaced, you can add points in the before and after fields to give just that little extra room between lines.

    • Maxwell Evans

      There’s a separate default – ‘add a line between lines’ or something silly like that. By default it is on, so even when you see ‘single spacing’ it’s actually double.

      I love that you can set the defaults to everything in Word.

      I hate that all the default defaults are about as horrible as they could possibly be.

  • alvin

    Great. Thanks

  • fentruck

    THANK YOU. That has been bugging me forever.

  • Jenn

    Wonderful!!! Thank you!!

  • Jord

    thanks!!!!!!!

  • Ruth Forrest

    Yay! This has been driving me insane!!

  • Oliver

    You are AMAZING.

    Calibri = grrrrrr….

    Been wanting to do this forever.

  • Maxine

    That was too easy. I thought I would have to live with Calibri forever!! Thank you

  • christine

    thank goodness you saved us all.
    Calibri does need to die a terrible death.

  • Jeanne Halloin

    This does not set a new default font.

    • LoLo

      The next time that you make a document, it’ll automatically start with that type of writing

  • Anonymous

    Why MS doesn’t provide a guide that shows (like this one) I have no idea.

    Thanks

    • Dg

      use WordPerfect X5!
      The best there is – Microsoft Word needs ot die a slow death…

      • rorge_retson

        AmiPro is the best, dude.

  • Anonymous

    Thank you SOO much! I use Times New Roman 12 pt for all my homework in MLA format and this just saves me an extra step!

  • george bush

    THANK YOU!
    im a student and this Calibri (Body) is the stupidest thing

  • Anonymous

    Thank you. I kept getting points taken off papers because the default was Calibri size 11, not TNR size 12.

  • http://www.draneco.com draneco

    Clear, consice, to the point. Very easy to follow.

  • asd

    I’d rather use PAPYRUS than Calibri. Thank you.

  • Kristina

    so helpful! That was great and simple! Why would they even have calibri be default?

  • NINA

    THIS IS THE BEST AND SIMPLEST EXPLANATION I HAVE EVER ENCOUNTER. WHOEVER YOU ARE, THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    NINA

  • Anonymous

    The procedure above works just fine. My problem is with text (.txt) files. In 2003, they opened Calibri New, 10 points. I have a hydraulic calculation program that generates txt files for which I had written extensive formatting macros. In 2007, it opens txt files Calibri New, 10.5 points. Even if I insert at the beginning of the macro to change this font to 10 points, it is too late, the damage is done. By opening in the 10.5 font size, the number of blank lines between bodies of chararacters is changed. What I need is to open TXT files Calibri New, 10.0 Points.
    Any Ideas would be great.

  • Manni

    And how do I change the default font in Outllook 2007?
    I changed it in Word, but Outlook brings still ‘Calibri’ as default?
    And how do I change the default font color?
    Thanks
    The MS help is of absolutely no help!

    • molly

      You can change the default font color the same way you changed the font.
      It is further down in the dialog box.

  • RanMallla

    Thanks very much for this tips. The Calibari Body and Italic font was killing me everytime I open word 2007.

  • Anonymous

    OMG THANK YOU!!!

    + I agree CALIBRI NEEDS TO DIE!!!!!!!!!! FORVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    When I follow these steps to change to Times New Roman, 12 font, it reverts back to Calibri when Word is re-opened.

  • Michael Fox

    I did it, several times. But when I click on the Normal icon, everything changes to Calibri. I even deleted the Calibri font, to no effect.

    Michael

    • rumple

      I have the same problem. I tried changing the default style, but that changes the font, which you then have to change. I set all defaults, the font stays, but the style doesn’t. The style always defaults back to Normal, no matter what I do. I don’t know what the point of having Set Default Style is if it doesn’t set anyway.

      If anybody can tell me how to actually change the style, I’d really appreciate it.

      Glad to get rid of Calibri though!

  • John B

    It didn’t work for me, but at last I’ve done it! Under “Search programs and files” type “Templates”. A window opens listing a number of templates, including “Normal”. Open that, change the font to whatever you want and save it. You need never see Calibri again!

  • LoLo

    Stupid calibri thingamajobber was driving me up a freaking wall! Thank you soo much for that simple procedure. I feel so dumb now.

  • Ann

    Thanks!

  • Dg

    But Times New Roman 12 – Regular – shows up as Calibri onscreen…Changing it ti Italic or Bold or 11, or 13 is OK.
    Why???

  • Guest

    AHH THANK YOU! I got so sick of changing it everytime I had to write a paper!

  • Jmoral210

    thanks this makes my work so much easier now!

  • Dr. Dalsingar Yadav

    when open ms word 2007 font launcher dialog box contains two types of fonts. one, latin and other, complex script. when working with complex script what is the effect of lain font and is it necessary to make changes in latin also when working on Hindi.

  • Peter

    YES!!! Thanks so much. Stupid Calibri font.

  • Deltacrud

    FANTASTIC!!! That has been driving me insane!! I have had to change it manually for every school paper for years now. I appreciate the help :)

  • Rafa

    Thank you very much!
    so important, yet so simple!

    • MiaG

      Can someone please help me?!? I’ve tried doing exactly as instructed but everytime I reopen Word it defaults back to Calibri. Why won’t it allow me change the default?

      • Anonymous

        Do you have softwares like DeepFreeze on your system?

  • Help

    This doesn’t solve the problem. Whenever I re-open Word, it sets everything right back. Where is the template file located and what’s it called?

  • Barbara Ford

    I hope someone can figure this out. I am using Word 2007. Nothing has changed. It used to work–I changed my default font when I first set up my computer. Easy Peasy. Now, no matter what I do, the change in default font will NOT hold. Next time I go in, same old default font. HELP??????

  • Jululian

    Many thanks it is very helpfull

  • Noli

    thanks ! great help !

  • Clint

    Works fine, that is, new documents will typically start with the new chosen font. But the Calibri (body) and Cambria (headings) setting on font drop down box remains.

  • unknown ear

    thanks for the help hack, i needed that info for homework, thx ;)

  • unknown ear

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  • Cory

    Thanks heaps! Stupid Microsoft’s Help Website couldn’t describe the steps as easy as you.

  • Sanjay

    Changing italic fonts into regular fonts as default in MS Word did not work as procedures given here. Pls note size and fonts remain changed by not the italic. Pls help!

  • Sanjay

    Fonts got changed but not the font style, it turned back into ‘italic’. I want in default ‘regular’ style.

  • Hunny

    Hi David,
    Its a great post. I have changed my default font in MS Word 2007 from Calibri to Times New Roman.
    Regards
    Hunny
    Visbon.com (A personal technology blog)

  • shanna

    Thank you so much. Who wants 11 pt. font, really?

  • Ed

    Thanks for the help. A further question: Word documents I receive from others often still have the default font set to Calibri 11. Is there a way to reset this? I can reset the Normal style by clicking Modify, but when I try to reset the “Default Paragraph Font,” the Modify button no longer works. (I’m using Word for Mac 2011.) Much thanks for any help you can give me. /Ed

  • Tracy

    Changing the font once word is open to that Default is OK but next time I open Word it reverts back to Calibri (Body)??

    Any suggestions

  • bijay sharma

    Changing the font work once word but later reverts back to Calibrii have also sucked me for last 5 years and researched lot,,install uninstall office,,font deletion and everything but none works…always i was looking these blogs as well,none work in my case,,,finally today i got solution,,,in my case my language setting was enable with some asian language ,,,disabling it promptly works,,while i go back to word….best wishes if it can solve problem

    • Peter

      > I have sussed what Microsoft DON’T TELL YOU – having changed the default font, you then have to set this as the default STYLE as well.

  • Stewart Walker

    Can you answer this same question for excel: how to change the default font?

    Is there any way to turn off themes completely in MS Office? How can you create your own?

  • pm

    Thank you so much!! I had forgotten about changing the “default” button.

  • mol

    this issue has been bothering me for MONTHS!!!!
    thank you thank you thank you!!!
    I am a secretary in a school and by every single document i would have to manually change the font. it was quite frustrating. i have been searching for a solution, and finally i asked microsoft tech people and they were going to charge me $99 to check out the “issue”!!!!!!
    thank goodness I found this site!
    thanks again, you are a lifesaver!

  • Hadrian

    Word 2007: Changing the font works fine on the open document, but the next time I open Word it reverts back to Calibri (Body)??? Have tried everything!

  • Peter

    I have tried setting a new default font size on 3 computers using Office 2010 or 2010 Starter Edition.
    IT DOES NOT WORK!!!!
    I can only presume this is because I have made some other option change which is preventing the setting of the default font size.
    Any ideas?

  • sandra loeppky

    not it does not. I have tried the default numerous times.

  • Peter

    This DID NOT WORK on it’s own – you had to change the default STYLE as well.
    Presumably the last set of updates fixed this bug now that it has been pointed out to Microsoft.

  • PeterM42

    That would be great if it worked reliably – BUT IT DOESN’T!
    When are Microsfot going to fix this bug?

  • Timothy Takemoto

    Thank you. This helped. This means that new documents start in the required font, thank you. But I am often editing documents that are not in the required font and I would like to change the “theme fonts” that appear at the top of the fonts list, none of which I use.

    I am universally advised to click on the “Themes” button in the page layout ribbon but it is greyed out. Perhaps I elected not to install themes (can one elect not to install them)?

    I do not want to use themes. I just want to change the fonts that are in the top of the font menu.

    • Donna

      I had tried this so many times before reading these instructions and still does not work. My comment is the same as a person wrote earlier: I have tried numerous changes to try to get my default to be Arial 12. When I click Default and say to use for all future documents it does not happen. I have tried under the font tab and the styles tab My next document is back in caliph 11i.
      I have Word 2007.
      These seems like it should be so easy to change, but it does not work for my Word 2007.

  • David Ritchie

    I have done the reset but whenever I copy from another document, Word still reverts to Calibri (and often reverts to the extra space after paragraphs) – even though both documents are in Times New Roman, with no extra space.
    How can I reset the background default so I always get my own style, and not what some busybody at Microsoft thinks is cool?
    I am beginning to absolutely hate Microsoft!

  • http://THANKYOU PeterM42

    Default Font Change STILL does not work!!!!

  • tedted

    WAW thanks man for the tips.

  • DoriSchatell

    Thank you!!!!