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