Set default font via GPO RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Is there a way to set Words 2013 font via gpo (prefer not via startup script).

    Is there a setting or registry that can be added into the user/computer Office 2013 GPO

    Thank you

    Best Regards,

    Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:32 AM

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  • Hi,

    If you want to know how to use Group Policy set default font in Word 2013, please follow these steps:

    First create a Normal.dotm file;

    1. Open Word on a clean machine and start with a clean document.
    2. Hit CTRL-D to start the Font settings.
    3. Set your Font of choice and hit “Set as Default”
    4. “Save as” the document to Normal.dotm

    In AppSense EM create a Process Started trigger for “WINWORD.EXE” and add the following two actions:

    1. Set this registry key to prevent Word from renaming the normal.dotm file to normalPre.dotm
      Key: “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Word\Options”
      Value name: “MigrateNormalOnFirstBoot”
      Value type: “REG_DWORD”
      Value: “00000001”
    2. Copy the normal.dotm file from source directory e.g. “%Appsensefiles%\Normal.dotm” (RDP/Citrix) to “%appdata%\Microsoft\Sjablonen\Normal.dotm“.

    You can get this information from this link:


    Please Note: Since the web site is not hosted by Microsoft, the link may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.

    Please try this method and any updates please let me know and I'm glad to help you.


    Emi Zhang
    TechNet Community Support

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    Friday, July 1, 2016 8:36 AM
  • Hi Ethan,

    thanks for the info.

    We do not use AppSense EM.

    Is there another method to achieve these?

    "In Appsense EM create a Process Started trigger for "WINWORD.exe" and add the following two actions ....... "

    Thank you

    Monday, July 4, 2016 12:34 AM
  • Hi Ethan,

    1. Is there a need to add the MigrateNormalOnFirstBoot registry key if want we trying to achieve is to push out a standardized Normal.dotm to all users (during the upgrade from previous version of Office to Office 2013)?

    2. Where do we copy the Normal.dotm to if we try to push out the Normal.dotm via GPO?

    Thank you

    • Edited by Chomet Tuesday, July 5, 2016 3:07 AM
    Tuesday, July 5, 2016 3:07 AM