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Creating a Microsoft Word Template

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In this article we are using Microsoft Word 2010 but the instructions are quite similar for Word 2007 and Word 2003.

People often create documents from scratch but this can be time consuming and also result in inconsistency as letters and documents leave your business looking different each time. By creating a Microsoft Word template it is possible to produce your documents much quicker and have them look identical each and every time.

The video above is probably the easiest way to learn how to create templates but below I have included a step-by-step guide for anyone that prefers to follow written instruction.


  1. Click on file
  2. Click on new
  3. Click on my templates
  4. In the box that appears click on blank document and select the radio button labelled template. Click OK
  5. Use Microsoft word to create the document you wish to use as a template
  6. Once finished click on save and Microsoft Word will save your template within the correct folder.
  7. To create a new document based on this template click on new and select your new template.

By utilising quick parts within your template it is possible to create documents that will update themselves, in this example we used a date part to insert the current date it is possible to make templates as complex as you require.

I hope this article has been useful and will save you some time. Please let me know if there is a particular article you would like.

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