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This article describes how to change the default formatting in Microsoft Word for Mac. There are many places to change the way Word works or your documents appear. This article deals with the most basic defaults for the documents overall appearance and the way to make the changes apply to all future documents based on the Normal template.
For the purpose of this article, all procedures start with the insertion point (the flashing bar that indicates where typed characters will appear) in an unsaved blank document; however, these changes can be made at any time in any document.
For more information about templates, click the Office Assistant, type What is a template in the query area of the Office Assistant, and then click Search. You can also type this question into Word Help if you prefer not to turn on the Office Assistant.
Note IIf the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. You can also access both the Office Assistant and Word Help from the Help menu. If Word Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/871018/ )Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Installation Read Me
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/311939/ )MacOFFX: How to install Office v. X for Mac OS X (10.1)
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/275147/ )OFF2001: How to use the Microsoft Office Installer program
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/179216/ )OFF98: How to use the Microsoft Office Installer program
TIP: The following procedures change the formatting for all future (new) documents. However sometimes you may only want to make temporary changes for a particular type of document, one that perhaps is created fairly often. In that case, rather than changing the defaults, a template should be created that will preset the formatting desired in any new documents that are created using that template.
To permanently change the formatting for all new documents use the following procedures.
Font FormattingTo change the default font characteristics, follow these steps:
Margins, Page Size, Page Orientation, Etc.To change the default page characteristics, follow these steps:
LanguageTo change the default document language in Word 2001, in Word X, and in Word 2004, follow these steps:
To change the default document language in Word 98, follow these steps:
For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web sites:
http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspxFor more information about setting defaults, click the Office Assistant, type How do I change the default format in the query area of the Office Assistant, and then click Search. You can also type this question into Word help if you prefer not to turn on the Office Assistant.