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Modifying Existing Templates
Modifying Existing Templates
Over time, the form and function you need from your templates may change. For example,
you may use one template to produce a series of sales literature for a new product, but not
long after you begin sharing the literature with customers, you are told that people are
having trouble locating some of the content you want them to find. To resolve the problem,
you can go back to your template and change the layout, styles, and design elements to
ix the issues your readers have pointed out. Modifying an existing template is much easier
than creating one from scratch. Now you simply need to make a few changes and apply
what you’ve learned.
The changes you make to the existing template will be reflected in all new documents
you create in the future that use the template; however, your changes will not affect
documents you’ve created with that template in the past.
Changing the Template File
To change an existing document by working directly in the template, first open the file as a
template from the Open dialog box. Here are the steps:
1. Click File and then select Open.
2. Display the contents of the Templates folder (or the folder containing the template
you want to modify), and then locate and open the template you want to modify.
3. Change any of the template’s text and graphics, styles, formatting, Content Controls,
macros, Building Blocks, Quick Access Toolbar, and keyboard shortcuts.
4. On the Quick Access toolbar, click Save.
Remember that whenever you make changes to a document template, you should test
the changes by creating a new sample document using the template. To apply any style
changes to an existing document to which the template is attached, ensure that the
Automatically Update Document Styles check box in the Templates And Add-Ins dialog box is
selected after you open the document.
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