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: Opening a Template.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 2, 2020)
Templates are used to define how a document and the Word interface should look. To open a template file, follow these steps:
You can now make changes in the template, just as you would in any other document. When you save the changes, they are available the next time you create a document based on the template.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1668) 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: Opening a Template.
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