Default Styles RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hiya,

    We have customized the styles menu so it only has 4 options, and those 4 have been customized by us. We then do Change Styles >  Style Set > Save as Quick Style Set, then set this as the default. We then pushed the normal.dotm file out via Group Policy to all users.

    This seems to work OK in some instances, but others Word is overwriting this with it's own default style set the first time it's run (i.e. for new users), where you have dozens to choose from (we can see it's renamed our one to Normal-old.dotm. We don't want this to happen so how do we stop it (Word ignoring the fact Normal.dotm is already there the first time it's run).

    Also, we want this style set to be the default for all documents, even existing ones and ones we receive from clients, but this does not happen - it uses the default style set based on the document being opened, but it's these documents we want to apply custom styles to as when we submit them we have to use specific fonts and sizes.


    Thursday, May 10, 2012 11:17 AM


  • Note that replacing users' Normal templates isn't a good idea. Treat Normal as a "scratch pad" which users can customize as they wish. Instead, you should distribute a custom template that has the desired settings.

    You can't set a style set as the default for all documents. Style sets, as well as individual styles, apply only to specific documents and templates.

    Stefan Blom, Microsoft Word MVP
    Friday, May 11, 2012 9:31 PM