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Designing a template
Designing a template
A template is like a cookie cutter; it’s a tool for turning out lots
of documents that have the same layout and appearance. The
more thought and effort you put into designing your tem-
plate, the less work you’ll have to do when you use it to create
Elements that are common to all the documents based on
a single template should be included in that template.
The places in which the documents differ should be rep-
resented in the template by placeholders such as book-
marks, form fields, and/or content controls.
If the locations of certain items on the page should not
change when the document is edited, use tables or text
boxes to position those items.
Consider using borders and shading in some styles to
clarify the relationships of the document’s parts, or to
make important information stand out.
Think about the purpose of the documents you’ll create from
the template, and the items that should be in those documents.
Here are some useful guidelines:
Documents that have different purposes should usually
be based on different templates.
Create a new template
1 Click the File tab to display the Backstage view, click the New tab,
and then click Blank Document.
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