Featured - How to Change the Default Font in Microsoft Word

Fonts are the “letters” used by word processing and other software such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, or Google Docs. Several font families and thousands of typefaces are accessible commercially and for free. You can save them to your word processor or art application, install them, and use them as you choose.

When you open Microsoft Word and start a new blank document, the default font is automatically set to Calibri. This is only helpful if you like Calibri and wish to utilize it frequently. Luckily, you can change the default font in Microsoft Word to your favorite one quite easily.

What is the default font in Word?

The most frequent default fonts in Word are Calibri and Times New Roman. Before you choose another font when you start a new document on your computer, the default font usually will be one of these two, depending on your version of Word. The default font size in Microsoft Word is being set to 11 or 12 points but you can also change this easily.

The instructions may alter depending on the version of Microsoft Office you are using. Microsoft Word 2010 and the following editions are nearly identical. Previous versions, such as the 2007 edition, differ quite substantially. For this guide, we have show you how to change the default font in Microsoft Word 2010 and the subsequent versions.

How To Change the Default Font in Microsoft Word

  1. Click at the bottom right corner of the “Font” panel, select any font you like, and click on “Set As Default”

    You can choose the font size from the list of possible measures for that font in the right column.

    Windows 11 - Word - Font Dialog Box - Edit Font - Set As Default

  2. Select “All documents based on the Normal.dotm template” by clicking the radio option, and then click on “OK”


    Windows 11 - Word - Font Dialog Box - Edit Font - Set As Default - All Docs Normal.dotm - Accept

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