If you’re happy with the default settings, Microsoft Word can be a wondrously powerful and intuitive application. It’s also extremely versatile and can be configured to match your own personal preferences. Unfortunately, many of the configuration tools are anything but intuitive.
First, create a new document. The document should be based on the Normal template. That’s not difficult. You get such a document every time you launch Word or select File>New>Blank document.
Once the document is up, go to the Home tab. In the Styles section, right-click the Normal box. If you don’t see the Normal box, click the down arrow in the Styles scrollbar; you’ll find it in the pop-up menu. Once you right-click it, select Modify.
Here comes the important part. Select the New documents based on this template option before you click OK.
If, at a later date, you open up the Modify Style dialog box again, don’t be shocked to see that the New documents based on this template option isn’t selected. The important thing is that it was selected when you saved the changes.