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Modify an Existing Word Template
Posted By On July 14, 2009 @ 12:15 PM In MS Word | No Comments
The New Documents dialog window is actually a couple of things in one. First, using the links on the bottom of the left hand list you can locate and download templates from Microsoft Office Online. If it’s one of these that you are looking to use then you’ll have to get it downloaded prior to proceeding.
The second thing that this dialog box will do is to give you access to your already installed templates. This includes templates that came with Word as well as ones that you’ve downloaded.
If you want to alter one that came with Word then click Installed Templates in the top left. (You won’t switch to a dialog box like the one below, you’ll still be in the New Document dialog box but the necessary settings mentioned in the rest of the directions will be there.)
If you want to alter one that you’ve downloaded to previously downloaded then click My Templates in the top left.
Now everyone, regardless of the version of Word you use needs to locate and select the template that you wish to modify.
But wait! Don’t click OK (Create in portions of Word 2007) yet.
Just above the OK (Create) and Cancel buttons, there’s the Create New section. (It looks slightly different in Word 2007 if you selected “Installed Templates”… but the same choices are there in the same location.)
Be sure to select Template.
Now, click OK (Create).
You’ll be taken back into Word with the template opened and ready for your modifications.
At this point, it’s time to make those adjustments to the template that you want to be permanent. Change all the things that will make the template more useful to you.
When you’re all done with the changes, you’re ready to save it. (File menu / Office Button, Save As choice).
When the Save As dialog box opens, you’ll find that Word has already navigated to the location for saving templates and already has the file type set to a Word Template.
All you have to do is name it something useful and click Save.
Later, when you need to use your template again, you should be able to find it under the General Tab in the Templates dialog box for older versions of Word and under My Templates in Word 2007.
There you have it. Who knew that tampering with Word’s templates could be so useful and easy?!
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