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Publisher looks for a file named Normal.pub each time you create a new publication using Start From Scratch (version 2.0) or Blank Page (version 3.0 and 97). If Normal.pub exists, its default settings are applied to the new publication.
There is no Normal.pub file in the default Publisher installation. However, when you create and save this file using the following procedure, Normal.pub is placed in the Template directory.
If you want to change the default font in Publisher, you will have to first create a template named Normal.pub that includes the custom changes. It is possible to set a default text style in Microsoft Publisher. Each new text frame will default to this style after it is set.
To set the default text style:
Publisher 3.0 and 97, unlike Publisher 2.0a, does not have a default Templates folder, unless you installed version 3.0 over Publisher 2.0 or 2.0a. However, creating and saving a Normal.pub file, following the above procedure, will create a Templates folder if one does not exist or will add the Normal.pub file to an existing Templates folder.
In either case, the Normal.pub file will provide the default font and font size for new publications created using the Start From Scratch (Publisher 2.0) or Blank Page (Publisher 3.0 and 97) option. This is referenced in Appendix A (pages 365-370) of the "Microsoft Publisher User's Guide."