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How do I change the default document font in Office?

You can change the default font in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook easily. In Word, find the Dialog Box Launcher arrow in the bottom right corner of the Font group. Click on it. This will bring up a window.

You will see a list containing all of your installed font families. You can see many options to customize your font as well.

 how to change the default document font in office

You can change the font family, the size of the font, and many other advanced options. For example, character spacing, line spacing, font color, and underline style are all available.

You have the option to add various effects as well, such as small caps, superscript, and subscript. The preview near the bottom of the window helps you see how the font is going to look in your document.

When you’re done making the font yours, click on the Set As Default button.

In Outlook, navigate to File, Options, Mail, then choose the Stationery and Fonts… option. Select which font you want to change, customize the font, and simply click OK to complete your changes.

How to Change Default Font in Office Apps

Are you curious about how to change the default font in more Office apps?

Read our step-by-step guides below.

Note: The change of your default font will only apply to new documents you create after changing it. If you want to format an entire existing document, apply a style or document theme. These are both able to change the attributes of fonts in whole documents.

  1. Click on the Home tab, and find the Dialog Box Launcher arrow in your Fonts group. Locate this arrow to the right of the Font text. (See image above)
  2. A window will open up where you can see all the installed fonts on your computer in a list.

    You can see many options for formatting the font here as well. You can change basic things such as the font size and color too.
    how to change default document fonts
    Find advanced options like text effects, subscript, small caps, strike-through, and underline styles. You can use the preview to help personalize the font to your liking.
  3. When done making the font look the way you want it to, click on the Set As Default button.
    Set font as default
  4. Choose whether you want to use this font for all documents or only the document you currently have open. Once done deciding, click on the OK button to finish your changes and begin using your new default font.
    set default font for this document only option

How to Change default font in Excel

  1. Click on the File tab and select Options.
    change dafault font in excel
  2. Once the Excel Options window appears, click on the General button.
  3. Go to the When creating new workbooks section. Here, you can set many attributes of the font Excel uses when you create a new workbook.
    changing default font on workbooks
    Some extra things are available as well. For example, you can change the number of worksheets that open when you create a new workbook.
  4. Click OK to save your settings.

How to change the default font in PowerPoint

  1. Switch to the View tab and click on the Slide Master.
    How to change default font in powerpoint
  2. This switches the view mode. In the left pane, you can see small thumbnail versions of every different slide template. Click on the first thumbnail. This is the slide that affects every other template.
  3. Make changes to this thumbnail to change any of the default settings.
  4. Open the Home tab and choose the font you want to set as default. You can also modify its size and other settings to your liking.
    Powerpoint fonts
  5. Once finished, click on the Slide Master tab again and click Close Master View to exit the thumbnail view.
  6. Click on the File tab, and select Save As.
  7. At the bottom of the dialog box, change the File type to PowerPoint Template (*.potx). Name the file Blank.
    powerpoint font template
  8. Navigate to C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates and choose the folder that has your local user name.
    powerpoint template
  9. Hit the Save button. Now, every new PowerPoint presentation which uses the Default Theme will have a changed font.

How to change the default font in Outlook

  1. Click on the File menu, then choose Options, Mail, then Stationery and Fonts.
  2. Choose which one of the following fonts you want to change:
    1. New mail messages: This is the font you use when writing original messages.
    2. Replying or forwarding messages: This is the font used when you are writing a reply to someone else’s message or forwarding it. This is useful to display your name on comments, or to change the font color when you reply to someone. Use it for easier reading or aesthetic reasons.
    3. Composing and reading plain text messages: This is the font you use when writing plain text messages. Note that the message won't display in this same font for the receiver(s), only you can see it.
  3. Select the options you want to make the default font look suitable for you.
  4. Click OK to save your changes.


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