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Old 11-28-2011, 07:05 AM
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Hi there,

I know how to create a template in MS Office 2007 (Create some document and save it as a template) for future use.



I'm just confused as to the benefits of saving it as "a template". Why couldn't I save it as a normal document? It can also be used in the future, can't it?

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It is safer to have a "clean" template as a starting point. When you Save As on a document there will be many edits transferred from one document to the next which might eventually lead to corruption.
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Thanks for your reply. I mean I've noticed that if I open a template, make some changes and hit Ctrl+S, it'll force me to save as... and thus preventing overwritting the template. When working with a normal document (treated as a template), the same situation would automatically save the changes in the original 'template' document. In this respect I can see the benefits of saving as a template.

Are there any other?
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Those would be the top two reasons: avoiding corruption and avoiding overwriting a "template" which is actually a document.
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Thanks. It makes sense and I can see the benefits of it. I guess I thought there would be more to it but these are good enough reasons to use templates.
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Thinking about it, you can easily think of other advantages as well. For example, a template can store reusable blocks of text, called Building Blocks in Word 2007/2010 (previously called AutoText, which is now a subcategory of Building Blocks). Documents being used as template can't store these items.
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Thinking about it, you can easily think of other advantages as well. For example, a template can store reusable blocks of text, called Building Blocks in Word 2007/2010 (previously called AutoText, which is now a subcategory of Building Blocks). Documents being used as template can't store these items.
What are those?
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Building Blocks can contain anything that a Word document can contain: text, graphics, tables, text boxes, and so on. They let you reuse specific content.

For an introduction, see http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/tr...442.aspx?CTT=1.
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