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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77 Responses to “Word: Change Default Font”

  1. December 03, 2008 at 11:35 pm, Bob said:

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


    • October 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm, Kyle Brofflowski said:

      whoa, easy….


      • August 13, 2012 at 5:16 am, Patsy said:

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


        • July 06, 2013 at 10:09 am, Donna said:

          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.


    • June 01, 2011 at 7:57 pm, Rlofl said:

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


  2. December 31, 2008 at 12:29 pm, Eddie said:

    Thank you, it works!

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

    11 Acacia Avenue


    Grateful for any advice.


    • March 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm, Kethrial said:

      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.


    • December 04, 2012 at 4:36 am, Maxwell Evans said:

      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.


  3. January 08, 2009 at 9:21 am, alvin said:

    Great. Thanks


  4. January 22, 2009 at 2:08 am, fentruck said:

    THANK YOU. That has been bugging me forever.


  5. January 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm, Jenn said:

    Wonderful!!! Thank you!!


  6. February 24, 2009 at 11:33 pm, Jord said:



  7. March 16, 2009 at 9:31 pm, Ruth Forrest said:

    Yay! This has been driving me insane!!


  8. April 12, 2009 at 9:08 pm, Oliver said:

    You are AMAZING.

    Calibri = grrrrrr….

    Been wanting to do this forever.


  9. May 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm, Maxine said:

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


  10. May 27, 2009 at 3:30 pm, christine said:

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


  11. June 04, 2009 at 1:33 am, Jeanne Halloin said:

    This does not set a new default font.


    • September 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm, LoLo said:

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


  12. September 17, 2009 at 2:22 am, Anonymous said:

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



    • October 25, 2010 at 8:37 am, Dg said:

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


      • April 06, 2011 at 12:10 am, rorge_retson said:

        AmiPro is the best, dude.


  13. September 19, 2009 at 6:22 pm, Anonymous said:

    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!


  14. October 12, 2009 at 2:42 am, george bush said:

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


  15. October 23, 2009 at 12:10 am, Anonymous said:

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


  16. November 02, 2009 at 10:21 pm, draneco said:

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


  17. November 07, 2009 at 12:50 pm, asd said:

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


  18. February 05, 2010 at 9:51 pm, Kristina said:

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


  19. February 17, 2010 at 1:17 am, NINA said:




  20. March 22, 2010 at 9:33 pm, Anonymous said:

    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.


  21. April 02, 2010 at 2:37 pm, Manni said:

    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?
    The MS help is of absolutely no help!


    • October 24, 2012 at 4:59 pm, molly said:

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


  22. April 07, 2010 at 1:30 am, RanMallla said:

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


  23. April 27, 2010 at 10:47 pm, Anonymous said:


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


  24. April 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm, Anonymous said:

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


  25. July 28, 2010 at 8:36 pm, Michael Fox said:

    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.



    • September 21, 2010 at 2:31 pm, rumple said:

      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!


  26. August 03, 2010 at 7:42 pm, John B said:

    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!


  27. September 26, 2010 at 8:57 pm, LoLo said:

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


  28. October 20, 2010 at 6:43 am, Ann said:



  29. October 25, 2010 at 8:36 am, Dg said:

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


  30. November 08, 2010 at 7:50 pm, Guest said:

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


  31. November 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm, Jmoral210 said:

    thanks this makes my work so much easier now!


  32. November 30, 2010 at 6:13 am, Dr. Dalsingar Yadav said:

    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.


  33. December 22, 2010 at 3:20 pm, Peter said:

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


  34. January 04, 2011 at 10:50 pm, Deltacrud said:

    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 :)


  35. January 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm, Rafa said:

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


    • April 21, 2011 at 1:06 pm, MiaG said:

      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?


      • April 21, 2011 at 1:17 pm, Anonymous said:

        Do you have softwares like DeepFreeze on your system?


  36. June 15, 2011 at 8:47 pm, Help said:

    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?


  37. August 24, 2011 at 9:41 am, Barbara Ford said:

    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??????


  38. September 06, 2011 at 11:31 pm, Jululian said:

    Many thanks it is very helpfull


  39. October 03, 2011 at 8:33 pm, Noli said:

    thanks ! great help !


  40. November 23, 2011 at 1:39 pm, Clint said:

    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.


  41. April 25, 2012 at 1:32 am, unknown ear said:

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


  42. April 25, 2012 at 1:33 am, unknown ear said:

    muhahahahhahahahhahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahahahhhhhahahhah il be back! ( i need a breather)


  43. May 15, 2012 at 11:27 am, Cory said:

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


  44. May 18, 2012 at 5:35 am, Sanjay said:

    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!


  45. May 18, 2012 at 5:38 am, Sanjay said:

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


  46. May 24, 2012 at 9:21 am, Hunny said:

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


  47. May 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm, shanna said:

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


  48. June 08, 2012 at 3:27 pm, Ed said:

    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


  49. July 20, 2012 at 2:11 pm, Tracy said:

    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


  50. July 24, 2012 at 8:26 am, bijay sharma said:

    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


    • February 06, 2013 at 6:10 am, Peter said:

      > 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.


  51. August 05, 2012 at 10:07 pm, Stewart Walker said:

    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?


  52. October 23, 2012 at 2:05 pm, pm said:

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


  53. October 25, 2012 at 12:35 am, mol said:

    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!


  54. November 01, 2012 at 9:38 pm, Hadrian said:

    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!


  55. February 06, 2013 at 5:59 am, Peter said:

    I have tried setting a new default font size on 3 computers using Office 2010 or 2010 Starter Edition.
    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?


  56. February 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm, sandra loeppky said:

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


  57. February 20, 2013 at 4:59 am, Peter said:

    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.


  58. July 09, 2013 at 4:31 am, PeterM42 said:

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


  59. November 27, 2013 at 1:19 am, Timothy Takemoto said:

    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.


    • November 27, 2013 at 3:49 pm, Donna said:

      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.


  60. January 13, 2014 at 12:43 pm, David Ritchie said:

    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!


  61. January 17, 2014 at 9:48 am, PeterM42 said:

    Default Font Change STILL does not work!!!!


  62. January 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm, tedted said:

    WAW thanks man for the tips.


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