Make my document look like a Word 2003 document

The default template settings for creating new documents were updated in Word 2007, but you might prefer to create documents that look exactly like those you created in an earlier version of Word. To do so, you can use different settings. If you want, you can make these settings the default for new documents.

What do you want to do?


Create a new document with Word 2003 formatting

  1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click New.
  1. Under Templates, click Installed Templates, and then scroll to the Office Word 2003 Look template.

Office Word 2003 Look template in the New Document dialog box

  1. Click Office Word 2003 Look.
  2. Next to Create new, click Document, and then click Create.

A blank document opens with the Word 2003 default styles and fonts.

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Switch to Word 2003 formatting after you start creating a new document

If you already started to create your document in Word 2007 using the default settings (by clicking New and then clicking Blank document), you can change the formatting to look like the default formatting in earlier versions of Word. To do so, you switch to a different style set and font set.

  1. On the Home tab, in the Styles group, click Change Styles.

Change Styles button

  1. Point to Style Set, and click Word 2003.
  2. In the Styles group, click Change Styles
  3. Point to Fonts, and under Built-in, click Office Classic.

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Use Word 2003 formatting as the default for all new documents

There are a couple of ways to automatically create new documents that use Word 2003 formatting. You can use the Office Word 2003 Look template each time you create a new document. Or you can switch to the Word 2003 style set and Office Classic font scheme and then save those settings as your default.

Use the Office Word 2003 Look template

After you use the Office Word 2003 Look template, it appears in your list of recently used templates. This makes the Office Word 2003 Look templates as easy to use as the Word 2007 default template. If you want, you can use the Office Word 2003 Look template each time you create a document.

  1. Follow the steps to create a new document with Word 2003 formatting.
  2. The next time you want to create a document, do the following:
    1. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click New.
  1. Under Recently Used Templates, double-click Office Word 2003 Look.

 Note   Whenever you want to create a document based on updated Word 2007 formatting, use the Blank document template.

Save style and font settings as your default

  1. Follow the steps to switch to the Word 2003 style set and the Office Classic font set.
  2. In the Styles group, click Change Styles, and then click Set as Default.

When you create a new, blank document based on the Word 2007 default template (Blank document), the style and font set you that selected are used as the default formatting settings.

 Note   If you want to use the updated Word 2007 formatting, switch to the Word 2007 style set and the Office font set. You can switch back to your custom default settings later by clicking Reset to Quick Styles from Template (in the Styles group, click Change Styles, point to Style Sets, and then click Reset to Quick Styles from Template).


Show me Demo for changing the defaults to match Word 2003 settings

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Applies to:
Word 2007