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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. 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. Mohamed Hidayathulla01-07-16

    Finally its working….

    Thanks a lot friend

  2. Silvia04-03-15


  3. Pietro03-04-15

    Only deleting the “Settings” key in HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\14.0\Word\Data solved my issue!

    Thank you

  4. Omar Lopez01-25-15

    its great !

    realy works!for office 2010

    thanks .. from Mexico

  5. hans12-04-14

    worked as a charme

  6. Stephanie09-04-14

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

  7. theo07-22-14


  8. kathlos07-22-14

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

  9. kelmy05-19-14

    Works perfectly…..thanks a lot 😀

  10. mohamaf03-12-14

    my problem solved. thnx a lot

  11. malintha02-17-14

    worked on office 2013. thanks

  12. HEN11-04-13

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

  13. vkgupta06-10-13

    working for me thanks ms office 2013 i like this

  14. bkgupta06-10-13

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

  15. luis alexandre03-10-13


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  17. klack12-18-12

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

  18. blackandtan50912-07-12

    Worked for me! Thank you SO much!

  19. Dimitar11-16-12

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

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