How to change Word's default font

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. I'm using Word 7, but I cannot figure out how to change the default font so every document uses Times New Roman. I've tried several different ways but they are all temporary fixes and I have yet to make the font change permanent. Can you help?

A. Word 2007’s default template uses a new font, Calibri 11, which is quite small. (This is the result of hideously youthful programmers with perfect vision. Let's all hate them together.) You can, however, change to a more traditional Times New Roman or Arial 12- or 14-point font as your default.

To change the default font for the document you are currently working on, under the Home tab, click the Styles Group button to open the Styles window. Click the Manage Styles button and select the Set Defaults tab. Scroll to and select Times New Roman under Font. Under Size, select 14. Select the “Only in this Document” check box, followed by OK.

If you want to establish the default font so that all new documents use Times New Roman 14-point forever after, follow the above steps, but after selecting the 14-point font, instead of selecting Only in this Document, click the “New Documents Based on This Template” check box, followed by OK.

Q. How can I determine the version number of a program? Every time I call for tech support, I'm supposed to make a voice-mail selection of the version I'm calling about. I never have a clue, so I just hang up. Thanks for your help, Mr. M.

A. Whenever you contact tech support or request assistance for any software it is important to provide the version number that you are using. Locating the version number is a snap -- well, more accurately, a click -- in any Windows program: Simply click Help > About (Program Name) and the version number will be displayed.

Q. I've been reading your column for years and I really enjoy it. I use Opera as my Web browser and I was wondering if you could tell me how to email a Web page to somebody else? Thanks, Mr. M.

A. To email a Web page from within Opera, you have three options:

1. Right-click any area on the Web page you would like to send. From the menu that appears, select Send Link by Mail. This will cause your primary email client (program) to launch and you can then send the page.

2. Right-click anywhere on a Web page. When the context menu appears, click Copy Address. Open your mail client, compose your message and the link will be mailed as an attachment. (You can also copy and past the Web address into a message and send that.)

3. At the top of the page, click File > Save As and save it as a Web page to any location on your computer. I would recommend saving it to your Windows Desktop because it makes it faster and easier to find and attach. Open your email program, address and compose your message, then navigate to your saved Web page file, click to select it, attach it, and send it.

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