My very first Post

Styles and Formatting pane:

Word's default behaviour is not too clear, but when opening a new document - and certainly after restarting Word - "Custom" is the default in "Show".

However, it seems (but I haven't tested exhaustively) that when opening a new document, Word retains what's in "Show" from the last time it saved a document - though only for as long as the same Word session is active. As soon as you restart Word the default in "Show" reverts to "Custom".

Anyone know a way to make a forced change to the default? With VBA if necessary? In fact, I'd like to know how to specify the default behaviour using VBA - for another particular need.