Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Creating Your Own Template
For Windows XP, save the template in C:\Documents and Settings\[YourName]\
Application Data\Microsoft\Templates .
For Windows 95, 98, 2000, and ME, save the template in one of these
folders: C:\Windows\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates , C:\Windows\Profiles\
[YourName]\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates , or C:\Documents and
Settings\[YourName]\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates .
Note: Replace [YourName] with the name you use on your computer.
Word saves your new template in the folder you selected.
Tip: Can’t find the AppData folder (in Windows 7 and Vista) or the Application Data folder (in Windows
XP) under your name? Try this: Open the Control Panel (from the Start menu in Windows 7 and Vista or
by selecting Start➝Settings➝Control Panel in XP). There, select Folder Options (to find this in Windows 7,
set “View by” to either large or small icons). In the Folder Options dialog box, click the View tab. In the
“Advanced settings” list, find “Hidden files and folders” and turn on the “Show hidden files, folders, and
drives” radio button. Click OK. Now you can dig down and find the folder to store your template.
Creating a template from a document
If there’s a document whose formatting you like, you can use it as the basis of a
new template. Open the document you want to use as a template. You can save the
document’s current contents as boilerplate text (if you don’t want to, clear the text by
pressing Ctrl+A and then Delete). Click File ➝ Save As (Alt, F, A) and then proceed as
though you were saving a template you created from scratch.
Creating a template from an existing template
You can use an existing template as the basis for a new one. Select File ➝ New ➝ “New
from existing” (Alt, F, N, X). Word opens the New from Existing Document dialog
box to the Templates folder. Select the template you want as the basis for your new
template, and then click Create New. Word opens a new document from the
template you selected. Save it as a template, following the steps listed earlier.
If the template you want to use appears Backstage in the “Sample templates” or
“My templates” categories, you can create a new template like this: Select File ➝
New ➝ “Sample templates” (Alt, F, N, A) or File ➝ New ➝ “My templates” (Alt, F, N,
M). In the dialog box that opens, select the template you want, turn on the
lowerright Template radio button, and then click Create (if you’re in “Sample templates”)
or OK (if you’re in “My templates”). Save your new template using the steps for
saving a template created from scratch.