Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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If you enjoy the thrill and excitement of templates, you’ll eventually have the desire to create your
own. Eventually, you should have your own collection handy. These templates will greatly expedite
your document production duties. Making these templates is the topic of this section.
Creating a template based on a document you already have
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but building your own document template can take even less time.
That’s because you can easily create a template based on a document you’ve already slaved over. So
when the formatting and styles and all that junk have already been created, making a template is a
snap — and it doesn’t require a large army or navy or any ambitious politicians.
To make a template based on a document you already created, follow these steps:
1. Find or create the document, one that has styles or formats or text that you plan to use
repeatedly.
2. Strip out any text that doesn’t need to be in every document.
For example, my play-writing template has all my play-writing styles in it, but the text includes
only placeholders — just to get me started.
The template should contain only the styles you need for that document, plus any text
that’s common to all documents.
3. Click the File tab.
4. On the File screen, choose the Save As command.
Don’t worry about choosing the document’s location. All Word templates are saved in a
predefined folder, and Word automatically chooses that location for you.
5. Click the Browse button.
The Save As dialog box appears. It’s the same Save As dialog box that Word uses for saving
everything. Refer to Chapter 8 if you need a refresher.
6. Type a name for the template.
Type the name in the File Name box. Be descriptive.
You don’t need to name the template by using the word template.
7. From the Save As Type drop-down list, choose Word Template.
Ah-ha! This is the secret. The document must be saved in a document template format. That’s
what makes a template superior over a typical, boring Word document.
8. Click the Save button.
Your efforts are saved to disk as a document template, nestled in the proper place where Word
keeps all its document templates.
9. Close the template.
 
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