How do I change the default font settings in Word 2007?

Answer: 
  1. Open a new Word 2007 document.
  2. Under the Home tab, click the icon in the bottom right corner of the Font ribbon (or just use the shortcut keys CTRL + D) to open the Font dialog box.
  3. Change the font settings to those which you prefer (for reference, the default in Word 2003 was Times New Roman size 12).
  4. Click the Default button in the bottom left corner of the dialog box.
  5. Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears to apply the font settings you selected to all subsequent new documents.
  6. Under the Home tab, click the icon in the bottom right corner of the Paragraph ribbon to open the Paragraph dialog box.
  7. Under Spacing, change After from 10 pt to 0 pt, if you do not want the 2007 spacing default to apply (for reference, the Word 2003 After spacing defaulted to 0 pt).
  8. Click the Default button at the bottom of the dialog box.
  9. Click Yes in the confirmation window that appears to apply the paragraph spacing setting you selected to all subsequent new documents.


Note: in order to change the default font/paragraph settings at any time, select new settings as above and reapply the Default button to update the default active template (Normal.dotm).