How can I update all users' default blank Word document with Intune? Is it possible?

Louis Duflou 0 Reputation points
2023-10-17T20:11:28.0133333+00:00

My client needs to update all users' default blank Word document with their corporate settings for fonts, etc. Some have said it's not possible, while others have said it could break any customizations a user has in Word. Can someone direct me to a how-to guide if it's possible to do?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Charles Kenyon 2,666 Reputation points
    2023-10-18T03:41:11.2166667+00:00

    First, if you do this, you will over-write user customizations.

    Second, you should not substitute any template not created by Word as the Normal template. Only Word can create a fully-functional Normal template.

    Here is my webpage on Templates in Microsoft Word.

    You can distribute Workgroup Templates and Global Templates. You can use custom [Quick] Style Sets and Themes.

    You can have a different template be the template used as a default for new documents without it being the Normal template.

    Here is my Add-In which could be adapted to your situation. It explains how to do it.

    Letterhead Add-In - default new document template

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  2. Crystal-MSFT 44,411 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2023-10-18T02:15:26.42+00:00

    @Louis Duflou, Thanks for posting in Q&A. Based on my researching, I didn't find the policy in Intune to set the default font for word. And inthe following link, it mentioned, no direct GPO to do this either. But it says a manual method.

    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/troubleshoot/office-suite-issues/set-default-font#set-the-default-font-for-word

    You can create a blank file with the desired font and styles, save it as a .dotm file, Then write PowerShell script to replace the file Normal.dotm under %Appdata%\Microsoft\Templates with the file we saved.

    Hope the above information can help.


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