Disable Automatic Numbering & Set Default Font Style / Size in MS Word

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Microsoft Word is a productivity app and among the best in the business. However, at times a few features meant to increase the productivity of the user can become annoying.

For example, the automatic numbering feature is enabled by default on your Microsoft Word app. Whenever the user tries to enter a number followed by a period, Microsoft Word will automatically convert it to a number list. While this can be a convenient feature for many, it can be annoying for the users who don’t want to use the numbered list at that time.

Another feature that can be annoying to the regular Microsoft Word user is having to change the default size and style of the font for every new document. This breaks the writer’s flow and messes up the format if the writer copies texts from some other source and paste it in the Word document.

If you are annoyed by the numbered list and font options, here is how to disable automatic numbering and set default font style & size in Microsoft Word.

Disable Automatic Numbering in MS Word

Disabling automatic numbering is easy on Microsoft Word. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word and open the Document you want to edit. A blank document would also do.
  2. Click on File and select Options.
  3. In the Options window, click on the Proofing tab.
  4. Under “Autocorrect options” section click on “AutoCorrect Options” button.
    Microsoft word Options - Proofing
  5. Open the “AutoCorrect as your type” tab.
    Microsoft Word AutoCorrect - Autonunber list disable
  6. Uncheck the “Automatic numbered list” box under Apply as you type section.
  7. Click OK to save the changes.

Change Cut, Copy and Paste Settings

To prevent the Word document from keeping the default format from the copied source, you need to change the settings for Cut, Copy and Paste option.

  1. Go to File > Options.
  2. Click on the Advanced tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Cut, copy, and paste section.
  4. For “Pasting within the same document”Pasting between documents” “Pasting from other programs” click the drop-down menu and select “Keep Text Only” option.
    Microsoft Word AutoCorrect - Advanced Keep Text Only
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

That’s it! Microsoft Word will not automatically apply numbers to any of your document unless you do it manually. You can enable the automatic number list again by following the same steps.

Set Default Font Size and Style in Microsoft Word

Follow these steps to set default font size and style in Microsoft Word.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word on your desktop and open a blank document.
  2. Press “Ctrl + D” on your keyboard. It will open Font settings Window.
  3. Now, select the Font, Font Style, and Size you want to set as default for your document.
  4. Once set, click on “Set as Default” button.
    Microsoft Word AutoCorrect - Set as Default
  5. In the pop-dialog box, select “All documents based on the normal.dotm template?” option. If you want you can also set default font and style for the current document as well.
    Microsoft Word AutoCorrect - Set default font size style for all
  6. Click OK to save the change.
  7. Click OK again on the Front screen to save the changes.

That’s it! You have successfully set default font style and size in Microsoft Word. You can repeat the steps to change the font size and style as per your requirement.

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