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How to change font defaults in Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows

Good question. When you first get started with Word 2016 (opens in new tab), or if you never took the time to customize your Office apps, the program uses a boring set of font defaults. Thankfully, it's easy to modify and adjust them to find your ideal Word font settings and then save those settings as document defaults.

Here's how to change the default font, font style and font size in Word 2016 for Windows.

How to change your Word 2016 default font

  1. Open Word.
  2. Open any document or create a new document. It doesn't matter which, but a document needs to be open to access the required menus.
  3. Click the Home tab in the top left corner.
  4. Under the Fonts block, click the expand button. It's a small arrow icon in the bottom right corner. This will open the Font settings window.

  1. Select your desired Font.
  2. Click Set as Default in the bottom left corner.

  1. Check All documents based on the Normal template.
  2. Click OK to confirm your changes.

All new Word documents will now use your font of choice by default.

How to change your Word 2016 default font style

  1. Open Word.
  2. Open any document or create a new document. It doesn't matter which, but a document needs to be open to access the required menus.
  3. Click the Home tab in the top left corner.
  4. Under the Fonts block, click the expand button. It's a small arrow icon in the bottom right corner. This will open the Font settings window.

  1. Select your desired Font style. Your choices are regular, italic, bold, or bold italic.
  2. Click Set as Default in the bottom left corner.

  1. Check All documents based on the Normal template.
  2. Click OK to confirm your changes.

All new Word documents will now use that new font style by default.

How to change your Word 2016 default font size

  1. Open Word.
  2. Open any document or create a new document. It doesn't matter which, but a document needs to be open to access the required menus.
  3. Click the Home tab in the top left corner.
  4. Select your desired Font Size.
  5. Click Set as Default in the bottom left corner.
  6. Check All documents based on the Normal template.
  7. Click OK to confirm your changes.

All new Word documents will now use that font size by default.

If you want to modify any of your font-default changes, just repeat the appropriate process listed above.

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19 Comments
  • What's up with these recentl "How To" article headlines? Lame, Annoying, etc? It all sounds so forced and cheesy, considering it's being published by a Microsoft fan site.
  • They're resources to help those who require assistance with said tasks. If you don't require any help with the tasks covered, is there really any need to click/tap on the headline?
  • I'm not critizicing the content ---- only the headlines of them. Notice the difference from the title for the link to the article versus the article title. "Change those lame font defaults in Microsoft Word" vs "How to change font defaults in Microsoft Word 2016 for Windows". Number 2 seems more appropiate than the former. One thing that truly annoys me about Windows fan forums in general is how quick everyone is to be defensive of the content of Microsoft in general. I wasn't using the terms "lame" and "annoying", I was quoting the writer.
  • If you don't find them helpful, don't read 'em. Pretty simple.
  • It is called feedback, I'm sure the site owners, editors and authors would appreciate it.
  • My how to: ​Goto Windows System>Control Panel>Program and Features>Right Click on Microsoft Office>Uninstall Goto http:\\www.libreoffice.org Download Libre Office for free. Click on the Libre Office installer .msi, and enjoy. If you need Office Onenote, you can use the full or app version for free.   :)      
  • No way! I had to use the free Office clones for years. After trying Office 365 on 30-day trial, I was sold on the real Office. Especially if you are an Excel power user or Power Point. MS Office 365 is well worth the cost. You get what you pay for, with the added bonus of OneDrive storage boost.
  • Well, just like any purchase or use, personal preference is always a consideration... there is usually no one size fits all.   Of course, Google Docs is probably the largest free alternative, although I am not a fan of the sharing.  As far as LibreOffice, its worked pretty well for me for quite some time, we have a few cos. that are running off of it... and of course there are quite a few government agencies around the world going to LibreOffice.  I believe there are over a 1000 contributors to the project now, and I believe a major UI overhaul is coming.  
  • Well seems this is WC's own version of "retrenchment".
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  • Well they must be doing something right if you keep coming back to make comments
  • Lame default fonts?  Sorry to say but the only lame font is comic sans.  I work in the writtten communcation space and if there is one thing that MS does know is typography.  In my managed corporate world you cannot get too creative with fonts and sizes due to regulations.  Word authoring  is key to creating the content used by varous industrial generation tools such as OpenText and GMC.
  • Can this site please take us seriously.
  • Calibri is the default font.  Prior to Word 2007 the default was Times New Roman.  According to Microsoft program manager Joe Friend, Jr., the change was made because many documents were being output straight to digital and Calibri is easier to read on a computer screen.  It is a well thought out font for general use.  It also has a more modern look than TNR which was designed back in the '30s.  However, I do think TNR is a more professional looking font and I will use it when I write official letters and documents in my office that are intended to be printed and archived as originals.
  • The problem with Calibri is that it doesn't distinguish between a capital "i" and a lowercase "l", which makes reading some words, like Illinois, an issue.
  • The company I work for is still using MS Office 2010. and the funny thing is we have no hope of upgrading.
  • Lame default font, so you change to Ariel? Oooo, that's an exciting change!
  • Can I change font in windows mobile??
  • I've seen somewhere on XDA Dev about changing font in windows phone but forgot the link. Already use San Francisco Display font on my W10 laptop.