I just had a good reminder that when you've worked with technology for a long time, it's easy to overlook some of the basic techniques that can be really helpful in regular day-to-day work. A reader wrote this week, wanting to know how to change the default font in Word 2010. It was a good reminder to me that although it's important to explore exciting new features, I want to make sure I cover the tasks we do regularly as well. So here's how to change the default font in Word 2010...and I'll throw in the same technique for paragraph spacing, too:
Setting a new font is simple--just click the launcher in the lower right corner of the Font group on the Home tab. In the Fonts dialog box, set the font to the font you want--with the size and style you want to apply--and then click the Set As Default button in the lower left corner of the dialog box. Click OK.
To set the paragraph spacing to 0, click the Paragraph launcher to display the Paragraph dialog box. In the Indents and Spacing tab, set the Before and After values to 0 and make sure line spacing is set to Single. Then click Set As Default in the center bottom of the dialog box. Click OK.
Little things like that can drive you batty (my experience), but once you've got them, you've got them. If there are basics that baffle you, send them to me
and I'll figure them out and post the answers--because you're not alone; if something is bugging you, it's bugging others too. :)
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