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The reason for closing it is that any changes you make from now on are made to the template. If
you want to use the template to start a new document, you choose that template from the New
window, as described earlier in this chapter.
Refer to the later section, “Modifying a template,” for information on updating or changing a
Making a new template from scratch
After you become well versed in creating Word styles, and after you fully understand the template
concept, you can begin creating Word templates from scratch. It’s easy, but only when you truly
know what you want.
The basic trick is to build the styles you need and then add any text you may want. Then use the
Save As dialog box to save the document as a template, as described in the preceding section.
The biggest drawback to this approach is that your template probably isn’t complete. As you start
creating new documents based on the template, you find that you need to modify existing styles as
well as add new ones. That just means more template editing, which is covered in the next section.
Modifying a template
Changing or editing a document template is identical to changing or editing any document. You
simply create a new document by using the existing template. Make your changes, and then use the
Save As command to either overwrite the existing template or save the document as a new template,
by following the steps from the earlier section, “Creating a template based on a document you
already have.”
Yes, you can edit a document template in other ways. You can open the template itself in Word, but
the steps involved are rather convoluted because you have to have some computer-savvy skills just
to find where Word hides the template files. No, you’re much better to start with the template as
though you’re creating a new document and then simply save the document again as a template.
Changing a template has a widespread impact. When you update or modify a template,
you’re basically changing all documents that use the template. Be mindful of your changes!
The Theme of Things
Themes apply decorative styles to your document, such as fonts and colors, which gives your written
efforts a professionally formatted feel with minimal fuss or talent. It’s like having a graphics
designer assist you but without having to suffer through her lamentable complaints about how her
boyfriend pays no attention to her.
A theme consists of three elements:
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