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How to change default font, font size, margins, etc. in Microsoft Word 2007

If you are wondering how to change the default settings of a Word document (page layout, font size, font type, margins, paragraph  spacing, page border, etc.) then read on.

Every time you open a new Word document, a copy of the default Word template is displayed (as document 1, document 2, etc.)

The name of the default template is Normal.dotm (the .dotm is an extension for macro enabled word template document). The Normal.dotm file exists in the Templates folder.

To locate the Template folder, do the following:

  1. Click the Office Button and click Open (or “Ctrl+O”). The Open dialog box appears.
  2. From the Look in folders (available on the left hand side of the dialog box), click the Trusted Templates folder.
  3. Locate the file Normal.dotm and double-click to open.
  4. The edits you save in this document will be reflected next time you open a new Word document.

template folder

To change default font, font size, font type, font color, etc. in the Normal.dotm

  1. While your Normal.dotm document is open, from the Word Ribbon, click the Home tab. Under the group Styles, click the dialog box launcher icon  available on the right bottom corner. The Styles gallery dialog box appears.
  2. From the Styles gallery, select the style element Normal. Click the down arrow button on the right hand side.
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Modify. Modify Style dialog box appears. Under the section Formatting, change font, font size, font type, font color, text alignment, line space, paragraph spacing, paragraph indenting, etc.
  4. To make advance changes, click the Format button available at the left bottom corner of the Modify Style dialog box.

To make changes in the page margins

  1. While your Normal.dotm document is open, click the Page Layout tab. Now, within the group Page Setup, click the dialog-box launcher icon available on the right bottom corner. The Page Setup dialog box appears.
  2. Click the tab Margins in the dialog box.
  3. Under the section Margins, edit  the  left, right, top and bottom margins.
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