How to Reset Word 2007 to Default

By Dan Howard

Microsoft Word 2007 has many options. Windows saves your Word 2007 settings in a template file called Normal.dot and by editing data keys that are associated with the Word program in your Windows registry. These registry keys maintain information about your Word 2007 settings even if you delete and reinstall the program. To reset Word 2007 to its default settings, you'll need to manually delete the global template file and the keys associated with Word 2007 in the Windows registry.

Rename the Normal.dot Global Template

Step 1

Ensure that all Microsoft Office programs are closed.

Step 2

Click "Start" and "Search for files or folders". This will open a search window.

Step 3

Search your hard drive for a file named "Normal.dot". This file contains the global default settings for your Word program. It will be contained in the folder on your hard drive in which you installed Microsoft Word 2007.

Step 4

Right-click on the Normal.dot file and select "Rename". Change the file name to any other name to backup the current Word program settings. If you ever want to revert to these settings, you can rename this file back to "Normal.dot".

Step 5

Close the search window.

Delete Word 2007 Registry Key

Step 1

Click "Start" and "Run".

Step 2

Type "regedit" in the run box and click "OK". This will open the Windows registry editor.

Step 3

Search the Windows registry for this key:HKEY_CURRENT_USER/Software/Microsoft/Office/12.0/Word

Step 4

Press the "Delete" key. When the registry editor program asks if you really want to delete the registry key, click on "Yes".

Step 5

Close the registry editor and start Word 2007. The program will be reset to its default settings.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be sure not to delete or modify any other registry keys, as doing so may render your computer software or operating system unstable or inoperable.