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Timesaver: Save Commonly Used Documents as Templates

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clock_partIf you frequently create similar documents, such as memos, rubrics, or chapter reviews, it’s tempting to  open an earlier file of that type, edit key sections, then save it with a new name. But there’s a better way to go about it that will prevent you from accidentally leaving parts of your original file in the new version.

Simply save your base document as a template. This lets you reuse the parts you want quickly, while protecting the original and preventing you from accidentally leaving parts of the original behind.

To save a document (or any Office file) as a template, start with any document you have already created or build a brand new one.

  1. Click File –> Save As.
  2. Type a name for your template in the File name box.
  3. For a basic template, click Word Template in the Save as type list.  If your document contains macros, click Word Macro-Enabled Template.
  4. Click Save.

Now, if you want to use your template, when you start a new document, click File –> New –> Personal, select your template and the new document will be based on that template.

Modified from Microsoft Word Help




One Comment

  1. I like this idea and will try it with my rubrics. Thank you!

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