Word 2007 logoTemplates are a tool in Microsoft Word 2007 that can save a writer lots of time. Templates allow a user to write letters, brochures, greeting cards, and much more without having to worry about formatting. If you are unsure of how to arrange a document like a letter, using a template is a good alternative to reasearching proper formatting.

Things You Will Need

Microsoft Word 2007

An Internet connection to use the extra templates available from Office Online

Step 1

Open up Word 2007.

Step 2

Click the Office logo at the top-left of the screen, then click "New."

Step 3

In the window that appears, click "Installed Templates" in the list to the left to see the available templates on your computer.

Step 4

By default, Microsoft Word 2007 only has a few dozen templates. Most of these templates are for letters, faxes, reports or résumés. Browse through the templates available. If you find a template you want to use, move on to step 6.

Step 5

It is likely that the template you want to use will not be on the installed templates list. In this situation, you will have to download the template you want from Microsoft Office Online. Fortunately, this is simple and easy to do. In the New Document window, in the left pane under Templates is Microsoft Office Online templates. Microsoft Office Online offers a much greater variety of templates than are included with Word 2007, conveniently organized into simple categories. Click on the category that applies to what you are doing, and then choose the template you want to use. Once you have selected a good template, you can download it by following the prompt in the bottom-right corner.

Step 6

Once you open the template, you can add your content. Templates are pre-formatted; all you have to do is click on the text boxes and type. However, you can still change the formatting of a template if you want to.

Step 7

If the templates on Office online do not fit your needs, you can always create your own templates. Once you create a document you want to save as a template, click the Office logo in the top left corner and navigate to Save As Template. Then, make sure the Templates folder is selected in the left pane, and name and save your file. You can open any new templates you create by selecting "My Templates" when you create a new document.

Tips & Warnings

Note- Some of the templates on Microsoft Office Online are provided by independant contributers outside of Microsoft. These templates are not guaranteed by Microsoft and may not be 100% reliable. After you select a template, information about the publisher is displayed before download.

If you cannot find a template you created in the "My Templates" directory, chances are you did not save it in the Templates folder.