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and choosing the Blank Document template. Word creates that new document based on the global template . Documents can also be based on a number of other built-in Word templates or on custom templates you create yourself. By default, a template has a .dot extension and can contain styles, macros, formatted AutoText entries, customizations, and boilerplate text -- to name just a few things. Starting a new document based on one template and then attaching another template to it instead changes styles and everything else associated with the template in one shot. Word uses several different types of templates, including, other global templates, and user and workgroup templates. When working with templates, though, it is important to keep in mind that there is really no structural difference between the different types of templates. A template is just a file with a .dot extension and they are all basically the same. Templates differ not in what they are, but in how they are used. How Word Works Global templates Global templates are loaded into Word's global layer and are not necessarily at- tached to a document. To make all of the juicy elements of a template (styles, macros, etc.) available to all documents currently loaded, load the template as a global tem- plate. There is really nothing special that makes a template global other than that it is loaded in this manner. There are two ways to load a global template: manually, or automatically each time