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Microsoft Word 2008

Changing Word Default Settings

The default settings in Microsoft Word 2008 can be changed to your preferences. Working with Word can become more efficient and less time consuming if you set the program defaults to your preferred settings. This document will show you how to change the default font settings, save location, and user information in Word 2008.

return to topFont Settings

If you frequently use a font setting that is different than the default setting, you may want to change the default setting to your preference. This section will show you how to change the font default.

  1. From the Format menu, select Font...
    The Font dialog box window appears.
    Font Options dialog box

  2. Make changes to the Font, Font style, Size, Font color, Underline style, Underline color, and Effects as necessary

  3. Click DEFAULT...
    A confirmation dialog box appears.

  4. Click YES
    The default settings are changed.

return to topSave Location

The default save location identifies the first location where Word files will be saved when you click SAVE or SAVE AS. To change the default location, follow these steps.

  1. From the Word menu, select Preferences...
    The Word Preferences dialog box appears.
    Word Preferences dialog box

  2. In the Personal Settings section, click FILE LOCATIONSFile Locations button
    The File Locations dialog box appears.
    File Locations dialog box

  3. In the File types category, select Documents

  4. Click MODIFY...
    OR
    Double click DOCUMENTS
    The Choose a Folder dialog box appears.
    Choose a Folder dialog box

  5. Choose the desired location

  6. Click CHOOSE
    You are returned to the File Locations dialog box.

  7. Click OK

return to topUser Information

The default User Information settings can be used to save your name or initials for use on documents. To change the default name and initials, follow these steps.

  1. From the Word menu, select Preferences...
    The Word Preferences dialog box appears.
    Word Preferences dialog box

  2. From the Personal Settings category, click USER INFORMATIONUser Information button
    The User Information dialog box appears.
    User Information dialog box

  3. In the First text box, type your first name

  4. In the Last text box, type your last name

  5. In the Initials text box, type initials

  6. OPTIONAL: In the Address, City, State, Zip, Phone, and E-mail text boxes, type the appropriate information.

  7. Click OK
    Your user information is saved.

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