How to change the default font and size in Word

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I used to have a routine whenever I would open Word and create a new document. I would always start by changing the font to one that I like, and also the font size. What a waste of time!

MS Word


The default font in Word, if you don’t change anything, is Calibri. The font size is 11. It looks like this:

Calibri 11

It’s not a bad font. Pretty clear and easy to read. But what if you want all of your documents to be in Times New Roman, size 14?

Times New Roman 14

It’s also a nice font, very classic style. You could type your whole document in the default Calibri 11, and then highlight the entire thing and change it to Times New Roman 14. But that only fixes the document you’re working on right now. Using that strategy, you have to go through that process every single time.

There’s a better way! You can just change Word to automatically default to the font and size you want to use, every time.

Here’s how to change the default font and font size in MS Word:

First, open a new, blank Word document.

Up in the toolbar at the top, find the section labeled “Font”, and click on that little arrow in the lower right corner of that section:

Font choices


That opens up the font dialogue box. You’ll see three columns – this is where you choose the font itself, the font style (regular, italic, bold) and the size. You can see I’ve chosen Times New Roman, regular, size 14:

font choices


And the final step is to just click the “Set as Default” button in the lower left corner:

set as default


Oops, one more step – you need to tell Word if you want this to be the default font for just THIS document, or for all future documents:

font choice


If you choose for it to be all documents, click OK and close Word. Then open a new blank document, and you should see that it’s already in your chosen default font and size. Easy!

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Sam Sweeney
October 26th, 2020

I’m offended.
I love Comic Sans and use it for everything that I can.

Keep up the good work and stay safe.
Love the podcasts

Kathryn Z Myers
November 9th, 2020

Hmm, I did this but it doesn’t seem to set it. Also, though my setting says 1 inch all round, there is no margin at all just now. Not sure why.


Scott Johnson
November 9th, 2020

That is odd. I’d have to see that in order to figure out what is going on.