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Where Does Your Document Get Its Design?
Where Does Your Document Get Its Design?
Word 2010 includes a number of features that are ready and willing to help you create the
kind of design you want for your documents; you just need know which to use, and when
to use them. Here’s a list of the various features that help you control the look of your
documents:
Document templates contain the whole range of elements that contribute to the
format of your document.
Themes provide a coordinated set of formatting choices that affect the color scheme,
font choices, and effects applied to shapes and objects in your document.
Quick Styles offer a variety of different looks you can apply to the document (for
example, Distinctive, Elegant, and Traditional are the names of three Quick Style sets).
Building blocks are ready-made text segments with formatting you can customize
and insert in your document at the appropriate point.
Tip
In addition to these tools that help you apply coordinated effects throughout your
document, you can also change the format of individual elements by using the Fonts,
Effects, and various style and spacing tools to make changes on the current page. You’ll
find out more about formatting specific content items—creating lists, applying
typographic features, and more—in Chapter 11, “Formatting Your Document.”
Templates 101: Behind the Scenes
Whenever you create a new document in Word 2010, your document is based on a
template that provides default document creation settings. Every Word document uses a
template by default. You may have seen Normal.dotx appearing in a message box somewhere
along the line. The Normal.dotx template is a global template that includes default settings
for headings, body text, quotes, text boxes, and much more. All templates you work with in
Word 2010 will be in one of two formats:
.dotx is the traditional Word 2010 template
.dotm is a Word 2010 template with macros enabled
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