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Microsoft Word 2007

Working with Templates

Templates are documents with a preset format which can be used to begin other documents. Using templates eliminates having to recreate the same format each time it is needed. You can save time and effort when creating new documents. Word features a variety of built-in preset templates that can be used immediately or altered to meet your needs. You can also create new templates with a custom design for frequently used documents. This document provides instruction on using and customizing built-in templates and creating new templates.

return to topWhat Is a Template?

A template is a document with preset layout, formatting, and settings that acts as a basic structure for a document. Word offers templates as a guide for creating readable, uniform documents. Unless you specify a template when beginning a new document, Word automatically bases documents on the Normal template. The following list is an example of the prearranged formatting options in Word's Normal template:

Other templates use modifications of the above features and may include different page layouts, text, graphics, macros, or styles. For information on macros, refer to Working with Macros. For information on styles, refer to Styles: An Overview.

return to topTypes of Templates

There are two basic types of templates: built-in templates and custom templates.

Built-in Templates

Built-in templates provide a preset structure for several common types of documents, including:

You can create documents using these basic templates as they are, or you can modify them to better suit your needs. For more information about using built-in templates, refer to Choosing a Word Template.

UW-Eau Claire Templates

Some University departments have developed templates for campus-wide use. Some current templates include:

If you do not have access to these templates when using Word from campus computers, contact the LTS Help Desk (36-5711; helpdesk@uwec.edu). Additional templates are also available on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire website for departments such as Accounts Payable and the Office of University Research.

Custom Templates

If you have formatting or a layout that you use frequently in your work but that is not offered in Word's collection of preset templates, you can easily create a new template using your own formatting and settings. The new template can then be saved with Word's other templates and accessed each time you want to use the custom format. For more information, refer to Customizing an Existing Template or Creating a Template.

return to topChoosing a Word Template

  1. From the OFFICE BUTTONfile button, select New...
    The New Document dialog box appears.new document dialog box

  2. Under Templates, click INSTALLED TEMPLATES

  3. From the Installed Templates section, select the desired template

  4. Click CREATE
    The template is applied to your new document.

return to topCustomizing an Existing Template

If you like the overall style of an existing template but would like to make a few changes, you can customize the template to meet your needs. To do this, you can either modify the original template file or create a new file closely based on the old template.

WARNING: If you modify the template file, the original template will be permanently changed.

Modifying the Original Template File

  1. From the OFFICE BUTTONfile menu button, select Open...
    The Open dialog box appears.

  2. From the Files of type pull-down list, select All Word Templates (*.dotx; *.dotm; *.dot)

  3. Using the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the template file you want to modify
    NOTE: The location will vary depending on your computer setup. Generally, templates are located in C:\\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033.

  4. Click OPEN

  5. Modify the template by adding the desired text, graphics, and formatting to be included in the modified template

  6. From the OFFICE BUTTONfile button, select Save

Creating a New Template File Based on an Existing Template

  1. Open a Word template

  2. Modify the template by adding the desired text, graphics, and formatting to be included in the new template

  3. From the OFFICE BUTTONfile button, select Save As...
    The Save As dialog box appears.

  4. From the Save a copy of the document pull-down list, select Word Template

  5. In the File name text box, type the desired filename
    WARNING: Do not save the converted template file as the name of the original template file.

  6. Using the Save in pull-down list, select the desired save location
    WARNING: Do not save save an original template in the same location that you save documents created from the template
    For more information, refer to Template Locations.

  7. Click SAVE

return to topCreating a Template

If you have formatting that you use frequently in your work but is not offered in Word's collection of preset templates, you can easily create a new template using your own formatting and settings.

  1. Create or open the file containing the formatting and settings to be included in the custom template

  2. From the OFFICE BUTTONfile menu button, select Save As...
    The Save As dialog box appears.

  3. From theSave a copy of the document pull-down list, select Word Template

  4. In the File name text box, type the desired filename

  5. Using the Save in pull-down list, select the desired save location
    WARNING: Do not save save an original template in the same location that you save documents created from the template
    For more information, refer to Template Locations.

  6. Click SAVE

return to topSharing a Template

To share one of your templates with others, copy the file to a CD or flash drive, email the file, or save the file to an accessible work area. The template should be stored in the Workgroup Templates file location by copying it to the template directory using Windows Explorer.
NOTE: The location will vary depending on your computer setup. Generally, templates are located in C:\\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033.

For information about Windows Explorer, refer to Explorer Basics. For more information regarding template locations, refer to Template Locations.

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