Although it is generally a good idea to save any document you wish to use as a template with the .dot extension, a quick way to make a document a template is simply to save it in the Templates
folder. By default, any document saved in this folder functions like a template.
1. Create a document you wish to use as a template
2. Click Save
or use the Ctrl + S
3. In the Save
dialog box, navigate to the templates
folder (the path is generally C:\Documents and settings\user name\Application data\Microsoft\Templates
4. Click Save
To create documents based on this template, select New
from the File
menu. In the New Document
task pane, click on General Templates…
You should see your document under the General
tab. Highlight it and then click OK
You can also open the template from the Program
menu in Windows. Simply click New Office Document
. You will be presented with the Templates
dialog box, from which you can select your document on the General
One of the benefits of creating a template using the preceding steps is that you can easily make changes to the template. Opening the document from Windows or by using the Open
command in Word will open it as a regular document, allowing you to make changes that will then be reflected in the template.
Note: This applies to Microsoft Word 2003 running on Windows XP. If you're using Office 2007 or Windows Vista, find out how to create Word templates quickly
on your system.