How to Reset Word 2007 to the Default Settings

By Elizabeth Chaplin

Microsoft Word 2007 is a word processing program that also allows you to complete a number of other tasks. For diagnostic purposes, you may wish to reset this program’s settings so you can start with a clean, fresh slate. One advantage of resetting Word 2007 to its default, factory settings is being able to get rid of any undesired changes made. Although you might think that reinstalling Word 2007 is necessary to reset the program to its original settings, this is not the case. Use the computer’s Registry Editor to bring Word back to its factory settings.

Step 1

Close Word if it is open. The program must be closed in order to reset it.

Step 2

Click the “Start” button on your Windows desktop and select “Run.”

Step 3

Type “regedit” into the blank field and press the “Enter” key. This will open Microsoft Windows Registry Editor.

Step 4

Click the “+” symbol next to the folder labeled “HKEY_CURRENT_USER.” This will expand the file.

Step 5

Click on the “Software” folder, then select the “Microsoft” folder.

Step 6

Click on the “Office” folder and select “12.0.” Click on “Word key.”

Step 7

Press the “Delete” key. When the pop-up box appears asking if you really want to delete this file, select “Yes.”

Step 8

Go to “File,” then “Exit” in Registry Editor to close the program. Restart Word.