How to Create a New Document from a Template in Word 2016

By Dan Gookin

To create a new, blank document in Word 2016, press the Ctrl+N key combination. What you see is a new document based on the Normal template. To choose another template, either one supplied by Microsoft or one you’ve created, follow these steps:

  1. Click the File tab.

    The File screen appears.

  2. Choose New from the left side of the File screen.

    You see a list of template thumbnails. The list is divided into two categories, Featured and Personal, as illustrated in the figure.

    Choosing a template from the New screen.

    Choosing a template from the New screen.
  3. To peruse your own templates, click the Personal heading; otherwise, browse those available in the Featured list.

    When you choose Personal, the screen shows only the templates that you crafted yourself.

  4. Click a template.

  5. If prompted, click the Create button.

    The button appears when you use one of Word’s predefined templates.

  6. Start working on the new document.

    Text, graphics, headers, and footers appear in the document — providing such things were supplied with the template. You also have access to all the styles and formatting preset in the template.

Save your work! Even though you used a template to start the document, you still must save: Use the Save command and give your document a proper name as soon as possible.

  • Using a template to create a new document doesn’t change the template.

  • It’s possible to pin your personal templates to the Featured screen: Click the pushpin icon, as illustrated. That way you can skip Step 3 (in the preceding list) and choose one of your own templates to quickly start a new document.