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How to apply a template to an existing Microsoft Word document

A template is a format that is designed and chosen beforehand to make the creation of documents easy without having to go through the trouble of formatting afresh in a particular standard order.

Some documents such as a CV, reports, proposals, business letters, resumes etc have a renowned standard format. Using a template, many formatting structures such as margin size, order and placement of components and font size are pre-set for a quick, easy to use experience.

Even while using Microsoft Word, there is always a need to use templates to create certain documents. It has a wide selection of document templates that one can search through to suit their purpose. Here is how one can insert a template into their Word document;

Applying a template from the Word Options Dialog Box

  1. Open the Word document that you are working on, the one in which you would wish to insert the template.
  1. Click File > Options to open the Word Options Dialog Box.
  1. Go to Add-Ins in the Word Options Dialog box, select Templates from the Manage Drop Down List and click Go.

  1. In the dialog box, options for Templates and Add-Ins should suffice. Click “Automatically update” and then to Attach.
  1. The Attach template appears and you can pick the template of your choice. When you select, you can then click Open.
  1. Click Ok when you are taken back to the Templates and Add-Ins dialog box. The template should have been inserted at this point.

Creating a template using Word before it is applied

  1. Open a Word Document and create the adjustments you need to format the desired style and order of components. Margins, numbering, don’t size and type etc.
  1. Select Save As then click Word Template in the file tab above. After it is saved properly you will be able to access it.
  1. When you need to access the created template later, open it then double click to create a new document based on the few elements saved within this template.
  1. Depending on the latest version of Microsoft Word, you can also click Save As then the Browse option. When the dialog box surfaces, click Save As Type that creates a default of the file to doc.x and thereafter you can save your document using either .dotx or .dotm formats.

How to apply the above;

  1. Click the template file that was created using the steps above and open a document pre-designed by this.
  1. Insert the desired text to this template to complete the document and apply additional style settings.
  2. Using the Insert bar cursor, go to the Text Group. Select the arrow near the Object icon and then click Text from File
  3. Explore the document you are creating and select insert where the need arises.

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