Microsoft Office – Word Default Font (IT Training Tip)

When launching Microsoft Word, the default font is automatically set to Font: Calibri, Font Size: 11. If you would like to change the default font to something else, such as Font: Times New Roman, Font Size: 12, just follow these simple steps:

Microsoft Windows – Microsoft Word 2013/2016

  • Launch Microsoft Word 2013/2016 for Windows.
  • On the Home tab, click on the Font Dialog Box Launcher (small arrow pointing down, right bottom corner) from within the Font group.
  • Select the options you want to change, such as the Font, Font style, and Size.
  • On the bottom left side of the Font window, click on the Set As Default button.
  • You will then be presented with a prompt to confirm this change. Select All documents based on the Normal template?, then click OK.
  • Click OK to apply your changes.
  • Close Microsoft Word 2013/2016 for Windows and relaunch the application. The default font will be updated based on your new options.

Mac OS – Microsoft Word 2011/2016

  • Launch Microsoft Word 2013/2016 for Mac.
  • On the Format menu, click on Font…
  • Select the options you want to change, such as the Font, Font style, and Size.
  • On the bottom left side of the Font window, click on the Default… button.
  • You will then be presented with a prompt to confirm this change. Click on Yes.
  • Click OK to apply your changes.
  • Close Microsoft Word 2013/2016 for Mac and relaunch the application. The default font will be updated based on your new options.

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