Using Templates from Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft has made available a wide range of additional templates on its Web site, providing prewritten documents in the following categories:

  • Calendars and Planners

  • Holidays and Occasions

  • Finance and Accounting

  • Orders and Inventory

  • Education

  • Health Care and Wellness

  • Home and Community

  • Legal

  • Marketing

  • Stationery and Labels

  • Meetings and Projects

  • Employee Management

  • Your Career

  • Travel and Maps

  • Charts and Diagrams

To create a file based on one of these templates, choose File, New; then click Templates Home Page.


Or, click File, New; click On My Computer, and click the Templates on Office Online button. (By doing so, you can review the templates already available to you on your computer and private network. Then, if you don't have one that will solve your problem, you can go online to find one.)

Microsoft opens your Web browser, connects to the Internet (or uses your currently active Internet connection), and displays the Microsoft Office Online Templates Home page, a collection of Word templates organized into the categories listed previously.

Browse to the category and subcategory you want; then click on the template you want to install. Internet Explorer will display an image of a sample document built with the template (see Figure 11.2). To open a new file based on this template, click Download Now. Word displays a new document based on the template.

Figure 11.2. Click Download Now to open a file based on the online template you've chosen.



Microsoft does not provide a way to download the template itself. However, you can save the open file as a template on your own computer. Choose File, Save As; enter a filename in the File Name text box; choose Document Template (*.dot) from the Save As Type drop-down box; and click Save.


If Word does not display a file based on the template you are trying to download, see "What to Do If Word Does Not Properly Download a Template," in "Troubleshooting" at the end of this chapter.

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