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Lesson 2. Creating a New Document > Understanding Document Templates

Understanding Document Templates

To work effectively with Word, you must understand that every Word document is based on a template. As the name suggests, a template is a model for a document.

Some templates contain no text, giving you a blank document with some basic formatting specifications in which you are responsible for entering all of the text. Other templates contain text and/or detailed formatting specifications. For example, if you write a lot of business letters, you could use a template that contains the date, your return address, and a closing salutation. When you create a new document based on that template, all of those elements will automatically be in the document—all you need to do is add the other parts. If a template contains formatting, then all documents based on that template will have a uniform appearance (for example, the same font and margins).


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