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How to Change Default Font in Word (3 Simple Steps)

If the default Word font is not to your liking, you can change it. Here is how to set or change the default font in Word.

For a long time now, Word uses Calibri as its default font. According to rumors, that could change soon in future versions. Being a default font, anything you type in a new document will automatically use Calibri font. Now, compared to other bundled fonts, Calibri is not bad and looks pretty good too. However, it might not be for everyone. For example, maybe you don’t like how Calibri font looks. In those cases, you can set a different default font in Word.

Generally, if you want to use a different font, you have to select it from the font selection dropdown menu manually. To change the existing text, you need to select the text and then choose a font from the dropdown menu. The problem is, doing this doesn’t change the default font.

The good thing is, even with all the confusing options in Word, you can change the default font in three simple steps. All you have to do is, open the font options window, choose a font, and save the changes.

In this quick Windows 10 guide, let me show you how to change the default font in Word.

Important Note: The steps given below work in Word 2013, 2016, 2019, and 365.

Change default font in Word

Follow these steps to change the default font in Word.

  1. Open a Word document.
  2. Go to the “Home” tab.
  3. Click on the Font Dialog Box Launcher icon  in the “Font” section.
  4. Choose the font of your choice.
  5. Click “Set as default.”
  6. Select “All documents based on the Normal template.”
  7. Click “Ok.”
  8. Click “Ok” again in the main window.
  9. With that, you’ve changed the default Word font.

First, open any Word document. Next, select the “Home” tab and click on the little arrow icon at the bottom right corner of the Font options section. It is called the Font Dialog Box Launcher icon. Refer to included image for better clarity.

open Word font options

In the Font dialog box, choose your favorite font from the “Font” section. After that, you can set its default font style and font size. For example, I decided on “Segoe UI” as the default font and set the style and size to “Normal” and “13,” respectively. If needed, you can also configure attributes like the color, underline style, effects, etc., from the same menu.

After choosing the font, click on the “Set as default” button.

change default font in Word

As soon as you press the button, you will see another menu. Here, select the “All documents based on the template” option. After that, click the “Ok” button.

apply default to all documents based on this Word template

Click “Ok” in the main Font window.

From now on, whenever you create a new document using the same template, the default font will be the font you chose. Keep in mind that if you start a new word document with another template, the default font might not be the font you chose. Instead, it will either be Calibri or some other font that the template recommends.


What is the default font in Word?

The default font in Word is Calibri.

What is the default font size in Word?

The default font size in Word is 12px.

That is all.

It is that simple to change the default font in Word. I hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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