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Customizing Your
Customizing Your
Documents with Themes,
Templates, and Macros
Word power users do more than master what’s on the ribbon; they make
Word their own by customizing documents with themes, templates, and
macros. Themes give your documents a consistent look and sense of
style, making sure you produce attractive, easy-to-read documents. Templates set
up documents’ formatting so you don’t have to fuss with page layout, line spacing,
paper orientation, and the like every time you create a new document. Many of the
templates available in Word even include sample text that you can replace with your
own, so you don’t have to worry about what goes where. And if themes and templates
take the bother out of making your documents look good, macros help you avoid
mind-numbing drudge work by automating actions that you perform frequently.
Themes: The Way to Better Designs
Ever watch a 3-year-old pick out her own clothes? She might choose a favorite
orangeand-blue striped T-shirt to go with a flowered skirt in pinks and purples and a couple
of mismatched knee socks. Cute, but you probably don’t want her to go to preschool
dressed that way.
Thanks to Word’s themes, you don’t have to send your documents out into the world
looking like a self-dressed toddler. A theme pulls your document together, giving it a
unified look. Each theme is a predesigned, preformatted set of fonts, sizes, and
colors, letting you create professional-looking documents without giving a thought to
formatting. Word offers dozens of themes to choose from. (Of course, you can tweak
a theme’s formatting any way you like. Chapter 2 tells you all about do-it-yourself
formatting in Word.)
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