Setting word default font type and size in custom mst. RRS feed

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  • Does anyone know how to set the Word 2007 default font size/type using the Setup /Admin switch to create a custom MST?  I can create the mst, but I don's see anywhere in the listed options for Word where I can set the default font style and size.  Same problem for publisher. 
    • Moved by Jennifer Zhan Monday, October 18, 2010 2:44 AM (From:Office 2007 Planning and Deployment)
    Friday, October 15, 2010 6:31 PM


  • Hi,

    If you customize a Normal.dotm file and then include this template in the Office Word 2007 installation for a group of users, every new Office Word 2007 document opened by a user in that group will include the customizations.

    Set the default font in Normal.dotm.

    1. Open Normal.dotm. (Typically, Normal.dotm is located in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates folder. By default, %AppData% is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\AppData).
    2. On the Quick Access Toolbar, on the Home tab, click the Font Dialog Box Launcher.
    3. On the Font tab, perform the following:

    a.    Under Font, select font you want such as Calibri.

    b.    Under Size, select size you want such as 11.

    c.    When done, click Default.

    1. When the confirmation dialog box appears, click Yes.
    2. Close Normal.dotm.
    3. In Windows Explorer, right-click Normal.dotm, and then click Properties. (Typically, Normal.dotm is located in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates folder. By default, %AppData% is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\AppData).
    4. In the Normal Properties box, on the Details tab, click Remove Properties and Personal Information.
    5. On the Remove Properties box, click Remove the following properties from this file.
    6. Select the Authors, Last saved by, Revision number, and Version number options.
    7. Click OK, and then click OK again to close the Normal Properties box.


    Use the Office Customization Tool to deploy Office Word 2007 with the customized Normal.dotm to a group of users

    After you have customized the Normal.dotm file, you can add it to your Office Word 2007 installation source files and then use the Office Customization Tool (OCT) to deploy this customized version of Office Word 2007 to a group of users.

    Deploy the new default settings to a group of users

    1. Open the Office Customization Tool (at a command prompt, type <Path to 2007 Office system installation folder>\setup.exe /admin, and then press ENTER).
    2. On the Select Product dialog box, select Create a new Setup customization file for the following product, or Open an existing Setup customization file if you want to add to an existing Setup customization file, and then click OK.
    3. In the console tree, click Add files, and then click Add.
    4. Select Normal.dotm, and then click Add. (Typically, Normal.dotm is located in the %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates folder. By default, %AppData% is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\AppData).
    5. In the File Destination Path dialog box, in the Destination path on the user's computer list, select %AppData\Microsoft\Templates, and then click OK.
    6. In the console tree, click Remove Files, and then click Add.
    7. In the File Path dialog box, under Path and file name of file to be deleted, enter %AppData%\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm, and then click OK. (This will remove any Normal.dotm file from the users’ computers that is from a previous installation of Word.)
    8. From the 2007 Office system installation point, run Setup.exe, and follow the prompts to install Office Word 2007.


    • Note that If a user changes language settings for 2007 Microsoft Office system, Office Word 2007 creates a new Normal.dotm for that user (and renames the originally installed Normal.dotm), which causes the user to lose any customizations derived from their original Normal.dotm file.

     Hope that helps.

    • Marked as answer by Jennifer Zhan Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:21 AM
    Monday, October 18, 2010 6:26 AM