How to Make Times New Roman and Double Spaced Default in Microsoft Word for Mac

A while back Microsoft thought it was a good idea to change the default font of Microsoft Word to Calibri and leave spacing default to single. To be honest, I don’t know who really wants this. Most every paper I’ve ever written required Times New Roman and Double Spaced. Now, every time you create a new document you have to go and change it. This gets tedious after a while. So is there a way to change this so that Times New Roman is always the default and double spaced is selected at startup? Yes, yes there is.

This tutorial is for Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac. Quick tip: If you need to see the images bigger, just click them and it will open up a bigger view. I will be making another for Windows soon and will link it here.

Step 1: Open Word 2016 select Blank Document and then press Create.

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It will open a blank document. You will see that the default font is Calibri and spacing is set to single. Let’s change this.

Step 2: At the top of the screen in the menu bar press Format and then select Font. The font window will now appear.

Step 3: In the font window press dropdown arrow under Font to choose a new font. Scroll down to select Times New Roman or any other font you prefer to be default. If you would like to change the font size do so here as well.

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Step 4: Once you have selected your font press Default in the bottom left of the font window.

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Step 5: This will bring up a prompt asking you if you are sure you want to make this the default settings. Go ahead and click yes.

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Step 6: You have now successfully changed the default font to Times New Roman. Now before we close this document let’s change the spacing to default to double. In the document press the spacing option and change it to 2.0 (or double). Make sure to click the 2.0.

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Step 7: Now before you close the window we are going to save this as a template. Press File then press Save as Template.

Step 8: This will bring up the save window. Name it something. Make sure under “Where” it says that it is in Templates. Do not change the location this is being saved. When you have given it a name go ahead and press save.

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Step 9: You can now close out of the document. Now open Word by pressing the icon on the dock at the bottom of the screen. It will give you a screen that looks like this: (alternately you can press File then New from Template.)

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From now on you will have Times New Roman as your default font, and if you wish to start a document with it already Double Spaced, you can select the template you made.

I hope you enjoy this tip. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section below.