Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Saving a Preview with Your Template.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 11, 2017)
You already know that Word allows you to save your own document templates. These files, saved with the DOT filename extension, are blueprints for documents you want to create in the future. When you click on New from the File menu (or click File | New and then click On My Computer in the New Document task pane) you can see a list of templates available for creating your new document. In the left side of the dialog box are the templates, and at the right side is a preview of what that template will look like.
You may have already noticed that some of your templates do not have a preview available in the dialog box. If this is the case with your template, and you want to have a preview available, you can follow these steps:
At this point you can close the template file. Now when you choose New from the File menu, your template should have a preview available.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1138) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Saving a Preview with Your Template.
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