A template is a predesigned document you can use to create documents quickly without having to think about formatting. With a template, many of the larger document design decisions such as margin size, font style and size, and spacing are predetermined. In this lesson, you will learn how to create a new document with a template and insert text into it.
Templates can help you create a more professional and visually appealing document. With Word's large selection of templates, you'll likely find one to suit your purpose—whether you're creating a business card or a simple award certificate. To use templates, you'll need to know how to create a new document with a template and how to insert text into the template.
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Templates include placeholder text that is surrounded by brackets. To personalize your document, you'll need to replace the placeholder text with your own text.
Some templates simply use regular text as the placeholder text, rather than the traditional placeholder text with brackets. In these cases, delete the text and type in your own text.
For some fields, there's a drop-down arrow you can use to select information rather than type it. For example, a date field will show a calendar so you can choose the date more easily.
In some templates, your name or initials will be automatically added. This is known as prefilled information. If your name or initials are incorrect, you'll need to change them in Word Options.
If you are using a public computer, such as one at a library, you may not want to change these settings.