Save time by using ready-made templates

Applies to

Microsoft Office Word 2003

Microsoft Office Publisher 2003

Microsoft Office Excel 2003

Microsoft Office PowerPoint® 2003

Microsoft Word 2002

Microsoft Publisher 2002

Microsoft Excel 2002

Microsoft PowerPoint 2002

Has your boss just asked you to create a business form — such as an invoice — before lunch? Or perhaps you need to write a complaint letter, but don't have the time? Or maybe you need to create a newsletter for your organization, but you're dreading it because you've never had to create anything with a complicated layout before?

You can get your work done faster by starting from a professionally created template. The Microsoft Office Online Template Web site has hundreds of sample documents and templates for Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft Access.

On the Templates Web site, you will find all sorts of templates to use as starting points for your projects:

  • Letters for your correspondence

  • Résumés

  • Business forms for billing and inventory

  • Calendars

  • Newsletters

  • Brochures, flyers, and postcards

  • Stationery and letters

  • Greeting cards and invitations

Microsoft Office products come with templates that help you do your work efficiently. The Templates Web site provides hundreds more templates and sample documents that you can modify.

Downloading templates from the Web

You can search for the type of document or publication you need to create (for example, "résumé" or "collection letter"), or browse by category (for example, "Your Career," "Letters to Customers," or "Marketing").

When you find a sample of what you're trying to do, you can preview it right in your Web browser. Then, with the click of a button, you can open the sample and make changes to it in the appropriate Microsoft Office program. Customize the template for your needs by adding your specific information, such as your company name, phone number, or e-mail address. Then you can save it as a new document, publication, worksheet, presentation, etc.

Using templates as a starting point

Using a template or sample letter is like having a professional writer or designer on your staff. You can use the draft or design the template designer has created, and then add your own words and personality to the text and layout. The initial work is done for you, and it will take you less time to create the document. A template gives you a starting point for your documents, forms, and business materials, and then you can add or modify the text and design, by adding a company logo, adding your own images, or deleting text or other content that does not apply.

Checking back for more templates

The Templates Web site was designed in response to input from Office users, and it is updated regularly with new content based on the top requests Microsoft receives, so check back often to see what's new.

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