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  • I use Word 2010, and when I select text it is always blue, is there a way to change the color?
    Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:15 PM

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  • Hi,

    This feature is based on the Selected Items Color in Window Color settings. If you are using a Windows 7 operating system, you can change the text selection color via the steps below:

    1. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.

    2. Select Window Color.

    3. Click the "Item:" drop-down list.

    4. Click "Selected Items" from the list and specify a color.

    5. Click OK and test it again. 

    However, this settings seems to be removed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you are using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, there is no way to change the text selection color.

    Regards,

    Steve Fan
    TechNet Community Support


    It's recommended to download and install Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT), which is developed by Microsoft Support teams. Once the tool is installed, you can run it at any time to scan for hundreds of known issues in Office programs.

    • Marked as answer by Steve Fan Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:22 AM
    Monday, August 25, 2014 7:46 AM

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  • I use Word 2010, and when I select text it is always blue, is there a way to change the color?


    Sure.

    Just highlight the word(s) to be changed then:-

    Home tab

    Font group

    Click on the drop down arrow to the right of the:-

    Font Color

     - icon in the lower right hand corner and then click on the colour that you want.

    You might find this helpful:-

    Change the font color (text color)

    Sunday, August 24, 2014 7:58 PM
  • This is a forum for IT professionals. Your question appears to be a product "use" question.

    You should post questions such as this on a Microsoft Answers forum that is specifically setup for product use questions. Here is a link to the Word site for PC users.

    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/office/forum/word?tab=Threads&status=unanswered&mod=&modAge=&advFil=&postedAfter=&postedBefore=&threadType=Questions&tm=1382755655414


    Kind Regards, Rich ... http://greatcirclelearning.com

    Monday, August 25, 2014 1:48 AM
  • Hi,

    This feature is based on the Selected Items Color in Window Color settings. If you are using a Windows 7 operating system, you can change the text selection color via the steps below:

    1. Right click on your desktop and select Personalize.

    2. Select Window Color.

    3. Click the "Item:" drop-down list.

    4. Click "Selected Items" from the list and specify a color.

    5. Click OK and test it again. 

    However, this settings seems to be removed in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. If you are using Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, there is no way to change the text selection color.

    Regards,

    Steve Fan
    TechNet Community Support


    It's recommended to download and install Configuration Analyzer Tool (OffCAT), which is developed by Microsoft Support teams. Once the tool is installed, you can run it at any time to scan for hundreds of known issues in Office programs.

    • Marked as answer by Steve Fan Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:22 AM
    Monday, August 25, 2014 7:46 AM
  • I use Word 2010, and when I select text it is always blue, is there a way to change the color?

    My earlier posting was an error.

    I apologize.

    You seem to be saying that the default colour for text is blue.

    You need to change:-

    Normal.dotm

     - to change the default colour of text.

    In order to change the default colour of text take the following steps (that were tested on Windows 7 and Office 2007 - the process should be similar, if not identical, for yourself):-

    1. Open a new blank document (this should have the default text as blue).

    Save that document with a new name for example:-

    c:\word\testing_aug_25_2014_2

    2. In the above document:-

    Insert tab

    Text group

    Click on the drop down arrow to the lower right of:-

    Quick Parts

     - then click on:-

    Field . . .

    The:-

    Field

     - window should open.

    3. In the:-

    Field

     - window in the field called:-

    Field names:

     - scroll down to:-

    Template

     - and click on that option so that it's highlighted in blue.

    Now, towards the top right hand corner of the same window, click in the box called:-

    Add path to file name

     - so that it has a tick (check mark) in that box.

    Click:-

    OK

    The file name of the template should now be inserted into your document.

    On my machine this was:-

    C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm

    The above path might be different for you.

    4. I saved my document at this point.

    5. Now open the file called:-

    C:\Users\user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\Normal.dotm

    A document should open on your screen (still with blue text) and with:-

    Normal.dotm

    - in the middle of the Title Bar at the top of the screen.

    Highlight all of the text in the document so that it's (for example) black.

    Save the file.

    6. Close all open documents in WORD and close WORD itself.

    7. Now open a new document and its default text should be set to the colour that you applied at step 5. above (I used black at that point).

    Does that resolve your problem?


    Monday, August 25, 2014 8:23 AM