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Chapter 12. Templates, Wizards, and Add-Ins > Understanding Global Templates

Understanding Global Templates

Global templates are templates whose styles and other settings are available to all open documents. As already mentioned, Normal is a global template. However, you can add more global templates, either for your current session or permanently. You might load a global template in the following situations:

  • When you want to make sure that a set of macros, styles, or AutoText entries are available for use in all documents you plan to create during one session—but not necessarily for all sessions. For instance, if you are editing several sales proposals today, you may want to load a sales proposal template as a global template today so that you can have access to its special toolbars, shortcuts, AutoText entries, and macros. However, because you only edit sales proposals one day a week, you can avoid cluttering your editing environment with irrelevant tools and shortcuts, by not loading this global template on other days.

  • When you want to make sure that third-party macros are available to all your documents, without copying them into your Normal.dot template. (In fact, many third-party templates do not permit you to copy individual macros out of them.)


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