How to Change the Default Font in LibreOffice

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LIbreOffice is a good alternative for the pricey Microsoft Office, and it supports a lot of file formats out of the box. Unless you require some special features that are only available in Microsoft Office, LibreOffice is almost a good stand-in replacement. However, one of the small annoying things you may encounter is the default font and font size – it is not obvious how you can change the default font.

The following instructions will show you how to change the default font and font size in LibreOffice so that the new custom font will be used every time you open a new document.

LibreOffice Writer

It is very easy to change the default font and font size in LibreOffice Writer.

1. Open LibreOffice Writer.

2. Go to Tools -> Options.

3. On the left pane, scroll down to “LibreOffice Writer -> Basic fonts.” Here you can see that the default font is “Liberation Sans,” and the font size is 12. You can change the default font to your favorite font. Do the same for the font size.

Libreoffice Change Default Font Options

You can also change the default font for Heading, Caption, List and Index.

4. Click “OK” to save the changes.

LibreOffice Calc

The steps above are not applicable for LibreOffice Calc and Impress. The way to change the default font and font size is different in Calc.

1. Open LibreOffice Calc.

2. On the right sidebar, click the first icon labeled “Sidebar Settings” and select “Properties.”

Libreoffice Change Font Calc Properties

3. Change the default font and font size, and click the “Update Selected Style” button.

Libreoffice Change Font Calc Font Size

Libreoffice Change Font Calc Update Style

4. Close the Properties window. Next, go to “File -> Templates -> Save as Template …”

Libreoffice Change Font Calc Save Template

5. Give this template a name, and at the bottom select the “Set as default template” box. Click Save.

Libreoffice Change Font Calc New Template

That’s it.

The method to change default font for LibreOffice Impress is similar to Calc.

Wrapping Up

While changing a font is easy in LibreOffice, changing the default font to something that you use often is not as straightforward. Hopefully, the above steps can help you be more productive when using LibreOffice.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. Because I need to change the font regularly in the same document, due to a different script, this article was not helpful. It only told me how to change the default font.

  2. What a great article ! Clear & concise. An object lesson to MIcrosoft, who seem determined to de-skill end-users by placing ever more messy and un-intuitive “RIBBONS” between the user and what he wants to achieve. I still sometimes use Office 2010. I bought Office 2019 but gave up trying to make its interface show what I am really doing or want to do. No one should be saving their data files on the same partition as the OS – but that is what Microsoft by default tries to achieve.
    I will be donating every year to the team who write and upgrade Libre Office not just because they should be remunerated for their work but because they have seriously challenged Microsoft’s domination of the market. Changing default font in calc is far too complicated. We need a menu item ‘Change default template” that takes us straight to a one-hit page.
    Thanks again. really appreciated.

  3. I was incorrect when I posted before this saying the instructions above fixed the default font problem. I found out later it did not. What fixed it for me is below.

    With an untitled Writer document I set the font to Veranda size 16 and saved it as a Template. Click File > Mouse over Templates > Click Save as Template > Named the template Veranda 16 so it is easy to remember, Clicked My Templates as the Category where to save the Template > Checked the box to “Set as default template” > Click Save.

    SUCCESS!! Now when I click the Writer shortcut on my Start Menu it opens a new document with my chosen font of Veranda size 16.

    While trying to get the default font set I also got an alert about an update for Libre from 6.4 to 6.4.6 and updated Libre. OS: Microsoft 10 Home x64.

  4. I increased the default font size in LibreOffice Writer 6.4 and that app now opens with the new font size each time it is started. Did not need to create a separate template.

    Thanks Damien

    @Frank Amati Yeah, but Frank, the title of the article is “How to CHANGE THE DEFAULT FONT in LibreOffice”

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