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Hour 10. Working with Templates > Understanding Templates

Understanding Templates

You can think of a template as a big bucket in which you store the things you need to work on a certain type of document. In addition to any formatting and text that you enter directly into a template, it can contain any combination of these items:

  • Styles— You learned about styles in the last hour. They provide a convenient way of applying consistent formatting in your documents.

  • AutoText entries— AutoText entries are covered in Hour 12, “Handy Editing Techniques.” In a nutshell, AutoText entries are a way to enter blocks of text automatically. They are a great way to avoid typing the same text over and over in multiple documents.

  • Toolbars— Toolbars, as you know, enable you to issue commands with a click of the mouse. In the preceding hour, you found out how to create a toolbar for your styles. If you've experimented a bit, you may have discovered that you can use the same basic steps to create toolbars for any commands you use frequently.

  • Macros— In its simplest form, a macro is a recording of keystrokes that you can play back whenever you want. You typically create macros to perform repetitive tasks that would be time-consuming to perform “manually.” They are also discussed in Hour 12.


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