Start a file from a template in Office 2016 for Mac

Important: December 9, 2016: For UK markets, we had an issue with templates fail to open after clicking Create in Word 2016 for Mac. No error messages get displayed and the File New pane disappears. We have fixed this issue and verified that the templates will work as expected for our UK customers. In order to get the updated templates immediately on your Mac, please see the following steps in this article.

Your Office programs come with several templates already installed.

Note: Templates are files designed to be interesting, compelling, and professional-looking documents. Examples are calendars, cards, resumes, invitations, and newsletters. All the formatting is complete; you just add what you want to them.

  1. In an Office program, click File > New from Template.

    Office for Mac New from template
  2. Click the template you want to use from the gallery, and then click Create. A new file opens based on the template you selected.

    Try more free templates from To use a template from, do the following: (1) In your Office program, select File > New from Template. (2) In the gallery search box, type what you're looking for and select one of the templates that is returned in the search results, and then click Open.

    Office for Mac Template Search

See Also

Create and use your own template in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

Change and save a theme in PowerPoint 2016 for Mac

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