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How to Create a Word 2007 Template from Scratch

Before you begin a project using Word 2007, you can create a new template for it. Your template may only be a guess as to what styles you’ll want, but it's enough to get you started and save you time for each new document you create.

1

From the Office Button menu, choose the New command.

The New Document window appears.

2

Double-click the item labeled My Templates.

A new window appears with A Blank Document Icon.

3

Click the Templates button under Create New.

4

Then click OK.

A fresh, new document appears on the screen, although it's not a document! Check the title bar. It's a template!

5

Build the template by adding needed text, formatting, and other stuff.

When creating a new template, simply put into the document all the styles you plan to use, plus common text. For example, a Book template may contain all the styles you need for writing books plus the word Chapter at the start of each page. That’s because each document is a chapter, and starting it with the text Chapter already in the template saves you valuable typing energy molecules.

6

Save the template by choosing the Save As command from the Office Button menu.

The Save As dialog box appears.

7

Give the template a proper, descriptive name.

Note that the Save As dialog box chooses a special Templates folder in which to place your document templates. Use that folder!

8

Click the Save button.

Your template is ready to go.

 
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