A while back, I had a user ask me how he could change the default template in Word. I realized that it had been so long since I had done anything of the sort myself, that I needed to look it up. Finding that this was something I had not documented, I decided to do so. The information below relates specifically to Word 2010 on Windows 7, but it should work for later versions, too.
As I have written previously, the default template used by Word is dictated by a file called Normal.dotm, located at
C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates. In order to modify it, simply do as follows:
- Open Word
- Go to File > Open (or click Ctrl+O)
- Browse to the location of the template
- Open Normal.dotm
- Make any changes to it that you want to have
- Save your work
- Close Word
That’s it. When next you open Word, the changes you made will have taken effect.