How to Change the Default Font Color in Word 2013

Using a different font color for a document in Word 2013 is as simple as changing an option in the navigational ribbon. You can even change the font color for a large section of text in a document, or change the color of an entire document.

But if you change the font color of nearly every document that you create, you might be a looking for a way to permanently change the font color for every new document. You can do this by changing the default font color for the Normal template in Word 2013.


Switch to a Different Default Font Color in Word 2013

The steps in this article will change the default font color settings for new documents that you create in Word 2013. Existing documents, such as ones that you created before you switched the default color, or documents sent to you by other people, will use the font color that is already set for that document.


  1. Open Microsoft Word 2013.

  3. Click the Home tab at the top of the window.
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  5. Click the Font button at the bottom-right corner of the Font section of the ribbon.
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  7. Click the drop-down menu under Font color, then select the color that you would like to use by default. You can click the More Colors option if you do not see the color that you want to use.
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  9. Click the Set as Default button at the bottom-left corner of the window.
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  11. Click the All documents based on the Normal template option, then click the OK button.

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Now when you create a new document in Word 2013, it will be using the color that you just selected by default.


If you want to change the default font in Word 2013, you can do that by following a very similar process. Click here to see how to switch the font in Word 2013 to something other than the Calibri font that it uses when you first install the program. newsletter

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