Day 11: Change Default Text in Google Docs

On day eleven of Google, we are going to look at how you can change your default text in Google Docs. To be honest, I didn’t know that you could actually change the default setting to Google Doc until recently. I always manually changed the text to what I wanted it to be. Never thought that I could tell Google what I want it to be when I open up a document.

Google has determined that Arial size 11 font is the default font and size. For some people, this does not necessary work. For instance, if you are required to use MLA format, I believe the text has to be size 12. Students would then have to manually go to the top and change the font to 12.

If you find that you want to change the default of the font text and size, follow these steps: (NOTE: this will change the default to all Google Docs that you create moving forward. If you find that you don’t like the default that you set, you can make the change again.)

Changing Default Setting

  • Determine what font you want to make default
  • Determine the size you want to make default
  • Select the Normal Text, and choose Normal Text drop down – choose ‘Update Normal Text to Match’
  • Select Normal Text, then Options, save as my default settings
Moving forward, your default has been set.

And that is my Spiel…

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