We really aim to create conversation here on our blog, and to that end, we aim for thought-provoking topics.  Sometimes, though, more prosaic topics deserve addressing, too.

Despite the well-known dangers in assuming, I assumethat you think Word 2007’s default paragraph settings are as stupid as I do. Hence, a brief primer on changing them.

  • Open Word
  • Click on the Page Layout tab.
  • Click on the expansion arrow at the bottom right of the Paragraph group.

  • Set the Spacing After to 0 pt.  You might also want to set the line spacing to Single.  Mine defaulted to Multiple, 1.15, which seems pointless.
  • Click the Default button.  Word will ask whether you want to change the Normal template, thus setting these Paragraph settings for every new document.  Click Yes.