The Advantages of Using a Template or Wizard
As with basing a new document on an existing one, a major benefit of using a template (or wizard) is that it's fast. If you use a template that includes the standard text that doesn't change from one document to the
Another benefit of using templates is that the formatting is handled for you. Professionals who know how to use Word's formatting features to their best advantage designed the templates that come with Word. With the help of templates, you can produce documents with sophisticated formatting that you haven't yet learned how to apply yourself (although by the end of this book, you will know how to apply most of the formatting included in Word's templates).
Templates also enable you to create a consistent look for all of your documents. This is
Selecting a Template on Microsoft's Office Online Web Site
Microsoft offers a large number of templates on its Office Online Web site. The quickest way to locate one you want to use is to search for it by keyword, as described in these steps:
A document based on the downloaded template opens in Word (see Figure 5.6). Revise it as desired, and then save it as you would any other document. (You'll learn more about filling in templates and wizards later in this
Figure 5.6. A document based on the downloaded template appears in your Word window.
Selecting a Template on Your Own Computer
If you already have a template you want to use on your own computer, follow these steps to select it:
In a moment, you'll see a new document based on the template or wizard you chose. You need to complete the document by adding all of your personalized text. In the