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Make Your Meeting Minutes from Microsoft Word Templates

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 2/28/2009

Microsoft Word meeting minutes templates to keep official track of meetings are available at Microsoft Office Online and are a breeze to customize. I’ll guide you right to these templates and instruct you in how to download and complete this simple desktop publishing project.

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    The free meeting minute templates available online to download and work with in Microsoft Word are an excellent resource for anyone responsible for facilitating or recording a meeting. Taking the minutes of a meeting may not be all that exciting but accurate transcription is essential. With these templates the job is made much easier for you. Templates can be personalized with text and graphics but for something as basic as this, you probably won’t need to do much more that insert a little text and print. With the design already there for you, all you will have to do is choose the most applicable agenda. Furthermore, just perusing the sample official meeting minutes they have available in template form will assist you in making sure that you have everything covered. Using this method saves you the time and trouble involved in creating them from scratch and has headings already typed for you to work under

    Here are the easy steps you should follow:

    1) Start by accessing the available Word templates for meeting minutes offered at Microsoft Office Online

    2) Browse this collection of templates and choose the one that is geared toward your purpose with the layout, design, and color scheme you want that best meets the purpose and criteria.

    3) Click on the title of that template (it will then appear on its own for a closer inspection), then click “Download” after which you simply agree to their user license agreement. (You might have to install an Active X plug in for Internet Explorer if you don’t already have it but if you have any problems here, the instructions to update or fix the problem pops up.)

    4) Open the free printable template you downloaded in Word and follow the simple instructions to upload the logo or letterhead for whatever company, organization, or social group is that is hosting the meeting and then format the text around it. You can upload graphics with the easy instructions here. Manipulate the color scheme, insert your text with the font style and size you want, and make any other applicable changes you see fit.

    5) Proof the final document to make sure all the information is correct and print it for distribution.