How to Save as a Template in Office 2011 for Mac
When you open a template in an Office 2011 application, a copy of the template is opened with a new filename so that the template file itself remains unchanged. That way, you can reuse the template whenever you need it. When you save a document as a template from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, your document is saved with the entire contents intact as a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint template.
A template includes everything, such as the document’s words, formatting, objects, pictures, graphs, charts, and content. Typically, people save a document that has room for additional content, such as a business letterhead or a form, as a template.
Each application has its own built-in templates, which you can choose from by choosing File→New From Template.
The letter t in the file extensions .dotx, .xltx, and .potx alerts you that you’re creating a template. Of course, PowerPoint’s regular file format .pptx also has a t in the second to last position, but that’s an exception!
You can easily save Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files as templates in the My Templates folder. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to follow:
Create a document that has all the basic formatting you want to reuse in other documents you create henceforth.
For example, you can make a letterhead document in Microsoft Word.
Choose File→Save As.
The Save As dialog appears.
Type a filename for your template in the Save As text box.
In the Format drop-down list, choose the appropriate template and then click the Save button.
Depending upon which application you’re using to create the template, the appropriate format is one of the following:
Word Template (.dotx)
Excel Template (.xltx)
PowerPoint Template (.potx)
To make it easy for you, when you choose a template format, Office automatically saves your template in the My Templates folder by default, which is convenient for most users.