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Chapter 16. Formatting Documents Using T... > Understanding How Templates Work

Understanding How Templates Work

As mentioned, every Word document is based on a template. A template is a .dot file (or group of related files) that contains the structure and tools for shaping the style and page layout of finished files. Templates can contain settings for fonts, styles, page layout parameters, toolbars, macros, AutoText entries, key assignments, menus, headers, footers, and special formatting. By default, Word bases new blank documents on the Normal template (discussed in more detail in “Getting the Scoop on Word’s Normal Template,” on page 487).

The main purpose of templates is to make formatting and inserting information into documents as efficient, error-free, and automatic as possible. The fewer formatting and typing tasks you have to perform, the better. In addition to speeding document creation, templates enable you to provide custom editing environments for particular projects and clients because templates can include interface tools (such as toolbars, macros, and menus) as well as formatting and layout settings. To clarify, templates can assist in document creation tasks in the following ways:


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