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Yes, but as far as I'm aware you can't edit the "No Style" styles which are used by default when you create a new text frame.

So you'll need to edit your paragraph and character styles with the font you need, then in the Text Styles panel click the "Hamburger" menu and choose Save Styles as Default:



I then drew a random text frame, set the paragraph and text styles to my edited "Body" and "Body text" styles, and then from the Edit menu chose Defaults - Save:


Now, every time I draw a new text frame in a new document, its default font is American Typewriter.

Hope this helps,




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22 hours ago, Dan C said:

Hi @blackstone,

I'm not quite sure what you're asking here, my apologies.

Are you wondering if Arial was uninstalled and you opened a document that used that font, would it be replaced?

Or are you asking if you can change the default font in use to not be Arial?

Thanks in advance :)

Thank you, I mean to change the default Font, for example from Arial to another font.

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1 hour ago, blackstone said:

Thank you, I mean to change the default Font, for example from Arial to another font.

I think that all apps have Arial as the factory default font and this cannot be changed. This means that Arial will always be the default font shown in the font lists of a new document. 

The closest thing I know that comes to using app-wise text defaults would be modifying the Base paragraph style and change its default font (Arial) to something else. And then saving styles as defaults, as shown above. The "Base" style is one that the "Body" text and other default styles (e.g. Heading 1 and Heading 2) will subsequently be based on also when creating new documents.

Document defaults for text objects however are sticky settings and saved separately for Artistic Text and Frame Text tools when having the text object or the mere tool selected, so the last used text settings (including style) would be used for new text objects. These settings are saved with the document and should stay as the "defaults" also when you close and reopen a specific dcoument (Arial, however, will always be the document default in a newly created document).

The behavior is not most intuitive but should make working with text a bit more effective and less Arial-centric, without requiring you to define text styles separately.

UPDATE: Saving a specific document as a template seems to save the current text sticky settings, too, so they become kinds of text defaults also in a new document.

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3 hours ago, Lagarto said:

this cannot be changed

  1. Select the Artistic Text Tool, or the Frame Text Tool.
  2. Select the font you want as the default, and (optionally) the font size, etc.
  3. Edit > Defaults > Synchronize from Selection
  4. Edit > Defaults > Save

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