Start with a template to create a new document

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Word

Templates are files that help you design interesting, compelling, and professional-looking documents. All the formatting is complete; you add what you want to them. Examples are resumes, invitations, and newsletters. If you know which template you want to use, you can select it when you start a new document.

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click New from template  New From Template button.
  2. In the navigation pane, under TEMPLATES, click either All or My Templates.
  3. Click the template that you want, and then click Choose.

 Tip   

  • If you are connected to the Internet, in the navigation pane, you can click ONLINE TEMPLATES to access additional templates on the Web.
  • To quickly find all templates that are available through Microsoft Office Online or on your computer, in the search box  Template Search field, type a keyword for the type of template you are looking for. To change the search setting, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the search box.
  • To find templates that you saved in the My Templates folder, go to /Users/ username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates. Office for Mac built-in templates are located at /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Media/Templates.

See also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

Create and use your own template

PowerPoint

Templates contain content and design elements that you can use as a starting point when creating a presentation. PowerPoint has a few built-in templates that you can use immediately. Or, you can create your own template by using design elements such as theme colors (theme colors: A set of colors that is used in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), theme fonts (theme fonts: A major and minor font that is applied to a style. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), theme effects (theme effects: A set of visual attributes that is applied to elements in a file. Theme colors, theme fonts, and theme effects compose a theme.), and backgrounds. You can also define your own custom slide layouts, or modify the slide master to add text or images that you want to appear on every slide. After you have the content and design elements the way that you want them, save the file as a template so that you and others can use it as a starting point in the future.

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click New from template  New From Template button.
  2. In the navigation pane, under TEMPLATES, click either All or My Templates.
  3. Click the template that you want, and then click Choose.

 Note   In the right navigation pane, you can select the colors, font, and slide size for the template.

 Tip   

  • If you are connected to the Internet, in the navigation pane, you can click ONLINE TEMPLATES to access additional templates on the Web.
  • To quickly find all templates that are available through Microsoft Office Online or on your computer, in the search box  Template Search field, type a keyword for the type of template you are looking for. To change the search setting, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the search box.
  • To find templates that you saved in the My Templates folder, go to /Users/ username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates. Office for Mac built-in templates are located at /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Media/Templates.

See also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

Create and use your own template

Excel

Templates are files that help you design interesting, compelling, and professional-looking workbooks. All the formatting is complete; you add what you want to them. Examples are budgets, lists, and reports. If you know which template you want to use, you can select it when you start a new workbook.

  1. On the Standard toolbar, click New from template  New From Template button.
  2. In the navigation pane, under TEMPLATES, click either All or My Templates.
  3. Click the template that you want, and then click Choose.

 Tip   

  • If you are connected to the Internet, in the navigation pane, you can click ONLINE TEMPLATES to access additional templates on the Web.
  • To quickly find all templates that are available through Microsoft Office Online or on your computer, in the search box  Template Search field, type a keyword for the type of template you are looking for. To change the search setting, click the arrow next to the magnifying glass in the search box.
  • To find templates that you saved in the My Templates folder, go to /Users/ username/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates. Office for Mac built-in templates are located at /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Media/Templates.

See also

Differences between templates, themes, and Word styles

Create and use your own template

 
 
Applies to:
Excel for Mac 2011, PowerPoint for Mac 2011, Word for Mac 2011