How Do I Change My Default Page Layout View in Word 2007?

By default, any new document you create in Word 2007 opens in \"Print Layout\" view, with the Calibri font selected. The font is black. The page is oriented vertically (“portrait”) and the margins are an inch on each side of the paper. But what if you don’t use those defaults? What if you prefer, say, Georgia font, 16 point, italic, dark blue; with wide margins? Perhaps you prefer writing in “Draft” layout, instead of the WYSIWYG (“what you see is what you get”) Page Layout view. If you want every document to start out tuned to your preferences, change Word’s default template.

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You can change your default page layout and view in Microsoft Word.

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Open the default template in Word by clicking the “Office” button, then “Open.”

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Navigate to “C:\Users[your username]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates.” Open the file named either \"Normal.dotm\" or \"Normal.dotx\" (there will be only one).

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Make any formatting changes, such as font face and font size, and change any other options, such as margins, that you would like to change. You may also alter page magnification (zoom) level at this point, as well as the layout view (Print, Full Screen Reading, Web, Outline or Draft) via the “View” tab.

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Save the template.

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Exit Word, then reopen it to use your new default template.