Create a document

The following procedure creates a new, blank document.

To use templates (template: A file or files that contain the structure and tools for shaping such elements as the style and page layout of finished files. For example, Word templates can shape a single document, and FrontPage templates can shape an entire Web site.), wizards (wizard: A feature that asks questions and then creates an item, such as a form or Web page, according to your answers.), and existing documents as a starting point, do one of the following:

ShowFrom a template or wizard

  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. In the New Document task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), under Templates, click one of the links, or type text, such as "brochure" or "calendar," into the Search online for box, and then click Go.

 Note   You must be connected to the Internet to search online or to follow the Templates on Office Online link.

  1. Choose the template or wizard you want.

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ShowFrom a copy of an existing document

  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. In the New Document task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), under New, click From existing document.
  3. Click the document you want to create a new document from.

If you want to open a document that was saved in a different folder, locate and open the folder.

  1. Click Create New.

This document is created in the folder that contains the original document.

 
 
Applies to:
Word 2003