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Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Changing the Default Font for Envelopes.
Word includes an Envelopes feature that makes it pretty easy to create your own professional-looking envelopes. The feature makes certain assumptions about how different parts of the envelope should be printed. This includes the font that Word uses to print the envelope's information.
When creating an envelope, Word depends on predefined styles. The style used for the main address on the envelope is, appropriately enough, Envelope Address. Likewise, the style used for the return address is named Envelope Return. When you instruct Word to create the envelope, these styles are grabbed and used for formatting the addresses on the envelope.
If you want to change the font used by Word in creating envelopes, you need to change the style used for this purpose by Word. To do this, follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Style Pane Options dialog box.
Figure 2. The Modify Style dialog box.
Figure 3. The Font dialog box.
When done, you should repeat these steps if you want to change the font used for the return address. The only difference, of course, is that in steps 7 and 8 you should select the Envelope Return style.
When you save your document or close Word, you are asked if you want to save your changes to the template. Make sure you do this. Your envelopes, when created in a document that uses this template, should now use the font you specified.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (6111) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Changing the Default Font for Envelopes.
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