Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
You can create documents by using your own templates or templates supplied with Word or
available online.
Every document in Word is based on a template. When you don’t specify a template, such as
when you start up a new, blank document, Word uses the Normal document template,
NORMAL.DOTM .
Word uses three filename extensions for its document templates: DOT was the
template filename extension for older versions of Word. For Word 2013, DOTX and DOTM are
used. DOTX refers to a template that doesn’t employ macros; the DOTM indicates a template
that uses macros. (This topic doesn’t cover macros; I wish it did, but there just isn’t room.)
Starting a new document by using a template
Word comes with a host of templates already created, as well as any templates you whip up yourself.
To see them, you must venture to the File screen’s New menu, as shown in Figure 16-1 . Follow
these steps:
1. Click the File tab.
The File screen appears.
2. Choose New from the left side of the File screen.
The Featured part of the New screen appears. It lists Word’s own templates, as well as some
online templates. You can choose one of those templates; if you find one that suits you, skip to Step
4.
3. To peruse your own templates, click the Personal heading, as illustrated in Figure 16-1 .
The screen shows only those templates that you crafted yourself.
4. Click on a template to start a new document using that template’s formatting and any
predefined text or graphics.
A new document window appears, ready for editing.
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