Using a Template

Templates for Microsoft Word let you create documents quickly. Use Word templates to also ensure a consistent design throughout.

Creating a new document with a template

Video: Using Templates in Word 2010

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Templates can help you create a more professional and visually appealing document. With Word's large selection of templates, you'll likely find one to suit your purpose—whether you're creating a business card or a simple award certificate. To use templates, you'll need to know how to create a new document with a template and how to insert text into the template.

To insert a template:

  1. Click the File tab to go to Backstage view.
  2. Select New. The New Document pane appears.
  3. Click Sample templates to choose a built-in template, or select an Office.com template category to download a template.
    The New Document pane The New Document pane
  4. Select the desired template, then click Create. A new document will appear using the template you have selected.
    Selecting a template Selecting a template

Use caution when downloading Office.com templates. Some of them are uploaded by people not affiliated with Microsoft, and Microsoft cannot guarantee that these templates are free from viruses or defects. For these templates, you'll see a warning message before downloading them.

Warning message for a non-Microsoft template Warning message for a non-Microsoft template