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SOLVED: How To Reset Word 2007 2010 2013 Settings Without Reinstalling

If you have changed your default font, boarders, page size, and you can’t remember how to undo those changes or if you just have a weird Word 2007 2010 2013 problem, you can easily reset your settings back to default by deleting a few files.

Before you begin, close Word.

  1. Delete NORMAL.DOTM and BUILDINGBLOCKS.DOTX
    1. Normal.DOTM and BuildingBlocks.DOTX usually reside in C:\Users\<your user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
    2. The default NORMAL.DOTM files used for new profiles are stored C:\Users\Default\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
    3. These files are rebuilt automatically when word is started
  2. Use regedit to delete HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Data 
    1. This key is rebuilt automatically when word is started

Click to enlarge these screen shots. 

The first one shows you where how to determine where Word is looking for Normal.DOTM and the second screen shot shows you the key to delete.

Word2007 2010 2013 Normal dot dotm reset

Word2007 2010 2013 Normal dot dotm reset

Word 2007 2010 2013 Reset Settings Registry

Word 2007 2010 2013 Reset Settings Registry



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  1. avatar
    Dimitar11-16-12

    This guide did’t work for me…i’ll try something other. Thanks anyway

  2. avatar
    blackandtan50912-07-12

    Worked for me! Thank you SO much!

  3. avatar
    klack12-18-12

    worked for me on word 2007, the registry part needs to be done

  4. avatar
    mahmoud02-17-13

    thanks

  5. avatar
    luis alexandre03-10-13

    thanks

  6. avatar
    bkgupta06-10-13

    worked for me on word 2013, the registry part needs to be done

  7. avatar
    vkgupta06-10-13

    working for me thanks ms office 2013 i like this

  8. avatar
    HEN11-04-13

    Working perfectlly i just remove the file NORMAL.DOTM and it automatic restore the office

  9. avatar
    malintha02-17-14

    worked on office 2013. thanks

  10. avatar
    mohamaf03-12-14

    my problem solved. thnx a lot

  11. avatar
    kelmy05-19-14

    Works perfectly…..thanks a lot :D

  12. avatar
    kathlos07-22-14

    if office are genuine and activated will i lose the activation by this method?

  13. avatar
    theo07-22-14

    Worked!

  14. avatar
    Stephanie09-04-14

    This was a great and easy fix. Thanks my 2013 works great.

  15. avatar
    hans12-04-14

    worked as a charme

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