Setting default style in MS Word 2007

January 27, 2010 at 14:58:56
Specs: Windows 7, 3.5GB Ram
Word 2007 defaults to a double spaced style. I want to revert to using the so called "no spacing" style by default. I open up Word, change the style to "no spacing", then click the arrow on the styles ribbon and click "set as default." When I close and re-open Word however, the style is set to "normal." How do I Get the "no spacing" style to stay set as default?

-Ryan Adams

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January 28, 2010 at 05:13:03
You need to open 'Normal.dotm' - on my Win 7 machine it's
located in
C:\Users\**user**\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates - make
any changes and then re-save it. Next time you start a new
document it will have your saved settings.

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February 12, 2010 at 08:22:27
I can change my default Word settings temporarily but when I restart Word, the changes are gone.

I was able to create a new template with the defaults I want, delete the old normal.dotm and replace it with the new template (renamed as normal.dotm). This workaround is the only way I have been able to make changes to my default settings stick.

However, I still cannot save changes to other default settings, envelope settings for example. Also, I am unable to save global macros. I need macros that will work in any new document or old document I happen to be working on but unless the macro is tied to a specific document, it disappears.

In my opinion, something is preventing Word from making changes to its settings files. I have tried changing the locations of the default folders (which changes do actually stick) but it does not change the fact that Word will not hold changes after restarting.

Any ideas?

I posted this here because I am wondering if the OP also has similar issues beyond the trouble saving the spacing defaults.


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February 12, 2010 at 11:19:54
I was able to simply edit the normal.dotm file. All other Word settings can be changed from withing the program as normal.

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