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Windows 7: Change default font and size Word 2007

27 May 2015   #1
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 
Change default font and size Word 2007

I change the default font and size and save it but the next doc reverts back to Calibri 11.
Tried everything I could think of.

What am I missing?


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27 May 2015   #2
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Have a look through this website. Read through it & see if there is anything that helps you. There is also reference to setting your default font for the normal.dotm file.

Change the Default Font Size in Word
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27 May 2015   #3
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks Ranger4.
Tried both those fixes to no avail although with the second how to I was able to change the normal template and it stayed changed (to Arial 12) but new docs revert back to Calibri 11.
Hmmmmm...
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28 May 2015   #4
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Did you take note of this part of the website.

Please Note: Changing your default font size will not change the font size in existing documents, so these will still show the settings you used when these documents were created. Also, some addins can affect your Normal.dotm template. If Word does not seem to remember your font settings, try disabling Word addins to see if this helps.
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28 May 2015   #5
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

I've tried everything linked and suggested here but no changes save.
I came across this which is a totally different approach but didn't work either.
How do I... Change the normal template in Word 2007 to my preferences? - TechRepublic

Something I did notice; one of the articles says be sure the title bar of the template has .dotm.
I don't see .dotm anywhere.

I even did a fresh install and started all the above steps over. Didn't work either.

Obviously I am missing some step along the way.
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28 May 2015   #6
Ranger4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit sp1
 
 

Try this MS website. It is for Windows Vista & XP, but the Vista suggestions should work in Windows 7. This is for setting the normal.dotm default.

https://support.office.com/en-ca/art...7-ccb5166f98ea

This one might help as well.

https://wordknowhow.wordpress.com/ta...-in-word-2007/
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28 May 2015   #7
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

Thanks very much for all your rummaging and attempts to help sort this one out, Ranger4.

It all began with a fresh install of W7 and Office 2007. Prior was ok. A reinstall of 2007 did nothing.
All the links and suggestions are much the same steps with some variation; ie reference to .dotm in word title and "trusted templates." I see neither.

I'm going to snoop in my laptop with the same installs and no issues.
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28 May 2015   #8
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

It sounds like you're not opening the template but a document based on the template. When you open the template, the body should be blank.

Are you opening the template through Word or from Windows Explorer? It must be opened through Word.


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28 May 2015   #9
hawgwash

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit
 
 

carwiz, thanks.
Yes I have been opening it the correct way but I the only thing showing in the right pane is Document Themes and Normal. No list and no .dotm like yours. Would the fact it is Office Enterprise make any difference?
I just realized when I click "Normal" it comes up with the saved defaults but when I right click the desktop to open a new Word Doc it comes up with the Calibri every time. The right click desktop is what I have always done.
I also just realized, since reinstalling 2007 I have not had any updates and usually there are a bunch after install.

So...
Desktop issue?
Update issue?
Who knows!
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28 May 2015   #10
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I don't think that it's Enterprise makes a difference UNLESS you are on an IT network. It's possible that the templates may be controlled by the administrator. I'm not familiar with the Enterprise version so there may be centralized options not accessible to users. You might try right clicking on Word from the program menu and selecting Run as Administrator and see if that makes a difference in options presented.

The file type MUST be "dotm". Nothing else will work. If you just have a file named Normal and no file type .dotm, Word is probably using the internal defaults. Try resaving the template with a .dotm file type.
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