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Hi - I'm preparing a custom rollout of Office 2003 Pro for 35 Users from a patched admin installation point, using group policy siftware deployment and a custom mst. How do I set a default font for all Office Apps and where? In the custom mst, in group policy, or is there some other way to do it?

Please tell me there's a way - I ultimately have to change the whole organisation to be using default font of Arial 12pt.....

Thanks in advance,

Deb :))
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Great will test it and let you know,
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Hi
Odd that it's an accepted answer as it doesn't work. I've had to look at it in more depth as I've had no response really to it on here. I used regmon to check for any registry writing/changes that occur on setting a default font in word - nothing shows up. It appears that the key is changing the default template - normal.dot. Setting a default font as normal in word, then copying the template, and creating a new folder in the default user profile folder appears to work.
ie C:\Documents and Settings\Default User\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates
Just got to figure out the best way to do it automatically now. As for existing users - I'll need to do more work on that, but it would appear to involve getting the default template to replace their existing template in their application data folder on their existing profiles. Going to be fun!
Deb :))
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The font info is stored in the templates.

In Word, as you say, it is in Normal.dot

In Excel, it goes in a document called book.xlt in the XLSTART folder; if it's just font you want to set , you can change it in Tools, OPtions, General.

Powerpoint seems to have something called Default Design.pot although I've never used this

You might try copying these files with a login script or batch file if you need them to go on lots of machines.
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PS the answer accepted for the other question was asking about Windows font, not Office font.
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Thanks - The main ones I need to worry about are word and excel, and I think I've got the word one sorted now - Few people other than senior team managers or directors and their PA's use powerpoint so I'm not AS worried about that. You'd think MS would have made something so fundamental a lot simpler wouldn't you????

Will have a look at the Excel part and come back to you,
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I always thought it was a bit unimpressive that despite all the talk about 'standard Office commands', you can find three different ways in three Office programs to do essentially the same thing. Look at how you specify your default working directory: it's in tools options general in excel, tools options file locations in word, and tools options save in powerpoint !

Good luck.
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Thanks! - Sorted it - but what a pain! Why don't they just have one tiny little option in the custom installation wizard that says - default font? They have everything else in there.....
Thanks for all contributions,
Deb :))
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