Changing Default Microsoft Word Template


I’ve had a nagging problem since installing Microsoft Word 2008 for the Mac. For some reason the default template adds an additional 10pt space after each line making it look like double spacing is turned on. I have to change it every time I type a doc, not a big deal. The bigger deal is having to change it EVERY TIME one of my kids or wife wants to type something. I finally sat down to change it today once and for all. Here’s what you need to do to make a change to the default template for Word 2008:

1. Make a backup copy of Normal.dotm (Default Word Document Template) found in /Users/~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/.
2. Open the Normal.dotm.
3. Make whatever changes you’d like to make to set it up the way you’d like to start each new document in Word.
4. Save the template.

That’s it. Keep in mind that whatever changes you make to the template will change the starting point/default template for all future Word documents.  This process should also work for other default templates for Microsoft Office for the Mac applications.

  1. had the same problem. thanks for this fix!

    jp says...
    November 20th, 2009 at 11:40 am
  2. Thank you! :)

    Kristine says...
    April 15th, 2010 at 10:55 pm
  3. I tried this already. It too thought I could change the normal template. Every time I close word it goes back to the original normal.dot and the original settings.

    Al says...
    August 22nd, 2010 at 5:48 am
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