You can’t change the default settings for everything in Word, but some specific tools and features give you this option. Popular examples include:
- Distance between paragraphs
- Line spacing
- Page orientation
To find out if you can customize the default settings for a particular element, look for the arrow in the group’s bottom right corner. This will open up a dialog where you can access all the necessary settings, plus some more advanced features you won’t find on the Ribbon.
Next, find the button near the bottom of the dialog called (Set as Default) to set as the default. All you have to do is click this button, and Word will specify your current settings – such as the font or font size you’ve chosen – as the new defaults for this particular element.
Finally, Word will ask if you want to set this setting as the default for this document or All documents based on the Normal template (in other words, all future documents). Choose the second option, and from now on, Word will use these settings.
If you don’t have a lot of experience with Word, you may want to stick with the original default settings – any changes you make will be permanent unless you change them manually. But for many experienced users, this can be a great way to set up Word exactly how you want it to be.
If you’re having trouble changing your default to save, it’s probably a problem with your computer or a copy of Word. For help, we recommend that you visit the Microsoft support website.