InventJoy, and Donna
InventJoy, your downloaded templates debacle is a mystery to me? Are you able to provide a link to any of the templates, or the name of the Microsoft download template? It would be easier to see what is taking place so to work on a solution.
The tutorial linked from The University of Wisconsin-Madison provides very clear instructions and detail with how to make changes to the default Normal.dotm template. This action must be done with caution as it does change the Normal.dotm Template that Word is based on. Yes, the changes that are outlined are available, however we need to be very careful what option we choose when using "set as defaults."
I need to interject why we need to be cautious with changing the default settings in Word. When the Normal.dotm Template is changed, it applies for ALL word documents thereafter. There are circumstances where making the change is deliberate and I’ll not get into that.
Reminder, when we install Microsoft Word (version of your choice) all new documents are formatted based on Normal.dotm Template. This file has been formatted with default styles and customizations that become the benchmark for most of the work we do in creating new documents. Everything we find in the ribbon allows to alter and to make changes to the Normal.dotm Template to suit any project we are working on, these changes will remain when we save the document, however these changes do not override the Normal.dotm Template.The next new document returns to the Normal.dotm Template (a “template” we download is not the same as Normal.dotm Template)
If we make changes to the Normal.dotm Template, the only way to revert back to the default, are steps via File Explorer AppData systems file settings for Microsoft Templates.
As a fun example making a default change to the Normal.dotm Template, let’s do the following, your headings Emphasis,your Subtitles Intense; your paragraph indents and spacing 1.5, your page margins narrow, your font style happy, your font size 8, your font changed to: this color, this formatting:
*****If I click on -> “Set as Default”, and click the radio button ->: “All documents based on the normal.dotm Template,” all the changes I have made in the example will be the “new” default and all new documents will retain the same formatting.*****(Disaster!)
All of the above information that I have shared, is based on my personal experience and training I have used with Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013, current to this date.
Laughing about (quoting IventJoy) Does MS have an elf that says Joy's in a hurry let screw up all the defaults right now?
Erm, I think most everyone who posts about MS issues feels at times there is a MS elf messing with defaults!