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Google Docs uses a specific font and line spacing by default. This guide shows you how to change the default format settings in Google Docs, so you’re not manually swapping out those elements for something better with each new document.

For example, when we create a new document in Google Docs, the font is set to Arial, the size is set at 11, and the line spacing is set to 1.15. What we want, however, is to use a 10-point Calibri font with double-spacing each time we create a document.

To make the change, we must create a few sentences or alter current ones to match the settings we want. After that, we can save that specific style as the default.

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Adjust Font and Line Spacing

Open Google Docs, either open a document or create a new one, and write a few sentences using the font and line spacing you want. Highlight the sentences by clicking once at the beginning or end of the text and holding down the mouse until you select all of the text with the new formatting.

Highlight Document Text

With the text highlighted, click on the “Format” tab located on the toolbar. Next, select “Paragraph Styles” in the drop-down menu (1) followed by the “Normal Text” option (2).

Paragraph Styles and Normal Text

Choose the “Update ‘Normal Text’ to Match” option (3) in the final rollout menu.

Update Normal Text to Match

Click the “Format” option again followed by “Paragraph Styles.” This time, however, select “Options” at the bottom of a second menu (2). After that, click the “Save As My Default Styles” option on the final rollout menu (3).

Save Default Styles Google Docs

Adjust the Default Heading

Open a Google Docs document or create a new one and write a heading using the font and size you want. Highlight the heading by clicking once at the beginning or end and holding down the mouse until you select all of the text.

Highlight Heading Text

With the text highlighted, click on the “Format” tab located on the toolbar. Next, select “Paragraph Styles” in the drop-down menu (1) followed by one of eight options spanning “Title” to “Heading 6” (2). For this example, we chose “Title.”

Change Paragraph Styles Title format

Choose “Update [Your Specific Choice] to Match” in the final rollout menu (3).

Update Title to Match Google Docs

Click the “Format” option again followed by “Paragraph Styles.” This time, however, select “Options” at the bottom of a second menu (2). After that, click the “Save As My Default Styles” option on the final rollout menu (3).

Save Default Styles Google Docs

Now, the next time you create a new Google Docs document, it will automatically default to the new sytles.

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