Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Chapter 16
Template and Themes Formatting
In This Chapter
Understanding templates
Using templates
Attaching a template to a document
Creating a document template
Changing a template
Understanding themes
Formatting a document with a theme
Creating your own themes
You have a choice. You can simply write and forget about formatting altogether. That’s admirable,
but why even have a word processor in that case? Or you can also spend even more amounts of time
writing and formatting, getting your text to look just so. That’s actually a waste of time, given that the
computer is supposed to save you time. Or your third choice is to concentrate on your writing and
take advantage of Word’s templates and themes, which help automate the document-formatting chore.
Yep: I’d go for option three: Use Word’s templates and themes to easily and rapidly format your
prose. This chapter explains how.
Instant Documents with Templates
A template is a timesaver. It’s a way to create documents that use the same styles and formatting
without your having to re-create all that work and effort. Basically, the template saves time.
To use a template, you choose one when you start up a new document. You select a specific template
instead of using the blank, new document option. When the template opens, it contains all the styles
and formatting you need. It may even contain text, headers, footers, or any other common information
that may not change for similar documents.
Using templates isn’t required in Word, just as you don’t have to do any extra formatting or fancy
stuff. But by using templates, you will save time. For example, I use one template for writing letters,
another one for proposals, one for plays, and so on. This topic has its own For Dummies template that
contains all the text styles the publisher’s production department demands I use to write the text.
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