How to change the default text color in Word

Both Word and OneNote allow users to edit and format text; however, only Word is considered the text editor of the Office suite. OneNote prioritizes note-taking, not writing. In contrast, Word enables users to produce short and long-form content alike — with extensive formatting! Despite this, Word undermines basic formatting options such as colored text with automated decision making; thus, ruining a superb user experience.


  1. Open the template of your choice
  2. Enter the home tab
  3. Open the font settings window
  4. Select a font color from the font colors dropdown
  5. Click set as default
  6. Pick the most suitable option
  7. Click OK

We’ve also created a YouTube video that walks you through changing the default text color in Word. Give it a watch here:

This post instructs you on preventing Word from altering your desired text color; it’s intended to be as comprehensive and straightforward as possible — so anyone can use it. The method involves setting a default text color for your template; this way, when Word intends to recolor your text, it will select the color you intended. Once ready, follow along.


  1. Guide | Establishing a default text colour in Word
  2. Endnote | Recap & Farewell

Guide | Establishing a default text color in Word

Step 1 – Open the template you often use

You must open the template you most often use by left-clicking it- twice in rapid succession. If you repeatedly switch between templates, you may want to consider repeating the process on each template; there is no other way.

Step 2 – Open the font settings window

Begin by clicking the “Home” tab from the upper ribbon to open it; from there, we may access the font settings window. We can achieve this by clicking the dropdown icon at the bottom of the “Font” category.

Step 3 – Pick a default color

The font color selection box has a dropdown button attached at the end. You can click on it to reveal a series of colors. Now, please choose your preferred color from the selection; this will be your default text color.

Step 4 – Open the default settings

You can find a button labeled “Set As Default” at the bottom of the window; you should click it to continue.

Step 5 – Choose the most suitable option

In the following window, you have been shown two options:

  • Select the first option if you’d like to apply your changes to current document exclusively.
  • Select the second option if you wish to apply your settings to all documents with the same template.

Endnote | Recap & Farewell


When writing, your formatting settings can suddenly change. This issue results from an automated choice made by Word, using your default settings. Thus, we resolve this issue by altering our default settings to align with our preferences.


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