A template is a document with a predefined layout that allows you to simply fill in your specific information. The great thing about templates is that every time you open one, the file is saved as a new document, so you don’t overwrite the original template file. There are a number of different types of templates available in Word 2010 and you can also choose to download new templates from the Office.com website. If none of the templates available are suitable for your requirements, you can create your own customised templates. For more information, see the How to create a template from an existing document tutorial.
- Open Word 2010. By default, the new Blank template is loaded.
- On the File tab, select New to view all the templates available. The upper section provides links to templates currently installed on your computer and the Office.com Template section provides a summary of the templates that can be downloaded from the Office.com website.
- Click any of the categories to display either images of the available templates or further sub-categories.
- Once you have identified the template you wish to use, select either the default Document or the Template option button. If you select Document, a new document will be created based on this template. If you select Template, a new template will be created based on the selected template.
- Click Create.
- A new document is created based on the template. Any of the formatting and layout elements can be changed, however the template provides you with a basis to work from.
- Complete all the fields or include your own relevant text and save the document as you normally would.
That’s it for creating new documents based on templates. Hope you found it useful – don’t forget to take a look at some of the other tutorials about working in Word 2010.