Modify a template

When you modify a template (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.), the changes affect the new documents that you create based on the template. The content of existing documents is not affected by changes you make to the templates that the documents are based on.

  1. On the File menu, click Open, and then locate and open the template that you want to modify. By default, templates (including are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\user name \Application Data\Microsoft\Templates.

If no templates are listed in the Open dialog box, click the arrow next to the Files of type box below, and then click Document Templates (*.dot).

  1. Change any of the template's text, graphics, styles, formatting, macros, AutoText entries, toolbars, menu settings, and shortcut keys.
  2. On the Standard toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, press ALT and then SHIFT+F10.), click Save Button image.

 Note   Microsoft Word updates the modified styles when you open an existing document only if the Automatically update document styles option is turned on. Set this option in a blank document, before you open an existing document, by clicking Templates and Add-Ins on the Tools menu.

Applies to:
Word 2003