MS Word templates form the framework or “skeleton” of a document. You can choose from a variety of professional-looking templates such as brochures, letters, and resumes. This article teaches you how to create great looking documents based on a Word template.
There are two ways Microsoft offers Word templates now – either within Word 2013 itself or via the Office Online template gallery.
With the introduction of Microsoft Office Online, Microsoft no longer offers a website for you to browse and download templates. The templates offered through the Microsoft Office Template gallery are built for using the online versions of Word. Keep in mind it is possible to open a template in the online version of Word and then save it back to a DOC format for use in your desktop copy of Word. Note that you may lose some formatting at the online templates are meant for the online versions of Word.
Accessing Templates in Microsoft Word 2013:
- Open Microsoft Word.
- On the New tab you will see a set of default templates.
- Simply enter a search term to find a template related to the category you wish to create. For example, in the picture on the left I searched for the term "newsletter".
- Along the right side of the window you'll see a list of categories. These categories will help you narrow down your search results. For example, once I search for "newsletters" I could then further narrow my search by clicking on the "holiday" category.
- Once you've found a template you like just click on it to get a bigger preview of the design. If you still like it click the Create button to download and start editing with the template.
Accessing the Online Templates Gallery
Keep in mind in order to use the online templates you'll need to use the online version of Word. This version of Word is free (after registering) but is not as fully featured as the desktop version of Word. Once you've opened the template in Word you do have the option of saving as a DOC format which can then be opened in the desktop version. It's a bit more convoluted than it needs to be, but it works.
This post is part of the series: Working with Microsoft Word Templates
- How to Access Microsoft Word Templates Using Word 2013 and Word Online
- Creating Greeting Cards with Microsoft Word
- Creating Brochures with Microsoft Word
- Creating Journal Entries with Microsoft Word
- Creating Certificates with Microsoft Word
- Creating Flash Cards with Microsoft Word