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Office 2007 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki, Gavin Powell, Michael R. Irwin, Peter G. Aitken, Michael R. Groh, Cary N. Prague, Faithe Wempen, Herb Tyson, John Walkenbach

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Creating a File from a Template

You need not start every document that you create from scratch. You can instead select a template that supplies design settings and in many cases starter text on which you can base your own document content. The Office applications offer many templates, both installed on your system and available online. In Word, you can choose from a variety of different templates to get your document started.

Understanding templates

Every new document you create in Word—even a blank document—is based on a template that specifies basic formatting for the document such as margin settings and default text styles. When you create a blank document, Word automatically applies the default global template, Normal.dotm.

In other instances, you can select a specific template to use as the basis for a new document. A template can include not only design elements, but also labels and starter text and placeholders for your information. For example, you can select a fax template that holds predefined labels and positions for recipient name, fax number, and more. Or, you can choose resume template that defines a nice layout has placeholders that you select and replace to add your own resume information.

Installing Word 2007 installs a variety of letter, resume, fax, and report templates on your system. Word also enables you to download templates from dozens of different categories from Office Online. There are downloadable templates for brochures, business cards, memos, purchase ...

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