Create a new document using a template

Find or create the right template, and you’ll be saved the work of repeatedly recreating basic content and layout information. And, because Word saves your changes to the new document and not to the template, you can use that template for unlimited documents.

When you first start Word, you automatically see the list of templates. To see the list at any other time, click File > New.

A list of available Word templates is shown.

Tip    Click Blank document or press ESC to start with a blank page.

You can search for more templates where you see Search for online templates. For quick access to popular templates, click any of the keywords below the search box.

The search box for finding online Word templates is shown.

Once you find a template you like, double-click it to create a document based on that template. To take a closer look, click the thumbnail to see a large preview. Click the arrows on either side of the preview window to see related templates.

Template preview

From the preview window, double-click the thumbnail or click Create to start a new document based on that template.

If you frequently use a template, you can pin it so it’s always there when you start Word. Just click the pushpin icon that appears below the thumbnail in the list of templates.

Pin template

Pinned templates will never show a preview. You just double click the pinned template's thumbnail to quickly create a new document based on that template.

If you’re in the habit of frequently opening certain documents, changing parts that are outdated, and then saving the document with a new name, consider saving the document as a template instead. That way, you have one clear, up-to-date master to work from.

Applies To: Word 2016, Word 2013

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