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WORD 2007 - Default settings for new document messed up/how to change zoom

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HI,
I recently upgraded to WORD 2007. After not using it over a week, I noticed the following problem. When I open up a new document, the following settings are not what I expect them to be:

1. The default font is CALIBRI (BODY)- pitch 11, not TIMES NEW ROMAN - Pitch 12.
2. The sie of the page is narrower than it used to be.
3. When I paste text into it, it appears that the zoom setting is < 100%.

So my questions are:
1. How can I change the default font?
2. How can I change the default zoom %?
2a. For that matter, I can't find the location on the toolbar where I can change, say 75% to 100% like I could easly do in 2003. Where is this setting?

Many thanks
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You could customize your layout etc as you want, then save that new blank file over the standard word template (usually normal.dot) The zoom toolbar is normally on the bottom right of the screen as a slider when in page layout view
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this article gives quite a nice tutorial: http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10878_11-6137320.html
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it's all changable in the options. Open the Word starter (top left) and go to optins - over there it should be possible to change settings, like font and size
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OK. I found the slider that gets me back to 100% (thank you Betty).. That helps a lot.  I will check out the default settings later but this is a good start. Thanks.
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hi steve

just by the way, the changes you mentioned are the new defaults as of Word 2007, you'll notice them in Outlook too (as it obviously uses Word as its editor)
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That makes sense, but I could swear that before my vacation, that the defaults were different. Don't know why they would have suddenly changes. Thanks.
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Well, once I changed the slider to 100% zoom, it seems to have "remembered" that setting when I exit WORD and go back in.

Now, NT_thyrth:, where in OPTIONS would I find the default settings I am trying to change? I will say this though--if making these changes will also affect E-mail, I'll probably leave the font as is b/c I like it for E-mail and can live with it for WORD.

Thanks.
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Things like font family and size can always be set under the font menu and saved with the "default" button. To get there in 2007 u now use the little arrow on the bottom right of the font section on the ribbon above
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Betty,
OK, I found the little arrow which took me to the font settings; however, the font is set to +BODY which is not the same as my default font, which is Calibri (Body). Can you explain this apparent discrepancy?
Thanks.
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hi Steve

Never really poked around there much, but if you look in your ribbon to the right of the paragraph settings, you'll see a "styles" section, which is normally set to "Normal" - the first option on left - this affects what you see in the font listing in the font options window. you will see switching between these immediately affects your font family and sized etc - like predefined "themes" if you will. you should quite easily be able to just set your font family and size on the font dialog window and then use the "set as default" button in bottom left to save it. note i'm using office 2010 so may not be 100% on the mark here!
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Betty,
I found the styles section (see the attached screenshot) but none of its elements, if you will, are set to NORMAL.....where do I go from here?

Thanks.
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That image you sent seems to be blank, so can't really say for now, but not really sure what you're wanting to do now - set word to specific settings and force them as defaults, or alter the current templates?
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Trying to set WORD to specific settings and force them as defaults. Thanks.
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Hi Steve then I'd still suggest doing this under the font options (little arrow of font section on ribbon). i've attached two images to explain
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Betty,
Thank you -- that did it. The confirmation screen was a bit different (I'll assume that's b/c you have 2010 and I have 2007) but that's OK.  Hoopefully, you'll be able to see the screen shot this time :)

Thanks again ,I will be closing this question and accepting multiple solutions from you.
-Steve

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Great stuff, glad it's sorted!
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Thanks again.
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