Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Using template files to store formatting
INSIDE OUT Full disclosure
Windows tries to keep secrets from you—for your own good, of course. But fearless
readers of this topic need no such accommodation, so here are a couple of actions you
can take to make life a little easier. First, let’s show hidden files and folders. If you go
looking, the Templates folders described in this chapter can be hard to find (particu-
larly in Windows 7) because they might be in locations Windows likes to keep hidden
from view. To make them more indable, open the Windows Control Panel, Appearance
And Personalization, Folder Options; then, on the View tab, select Show Hidden Files,
Folders, And Drives. Second, let’s display all the file extensions. The old-style MS-DOS
extensions used to be three characters in length and now can be four, such as .xltx for
templates and .xlsx for regular workbooks. These might be “retro,” but they are also still
helpful, letting you tell at a glance in which format a file is saved. To make extensions
visible, clear the Hide Extensions For Known File Types check box, which is also on the
View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.
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