How to Apply Template to Word Document

By Amy Dombrower

Microsoft Word provides a variety of pre-designed templates that help you save time and effort. Whether you need a resume, flyer or form, you can immediately access a template from Microsoft Office Online that you can customize and edit to fit your own needs. Each version of Word works a bit differently, but they all allow you to apply a customizable template to your Word document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Internet access

Word 2010

Step 1

Open a blank document in Microsoft Word 2010.

Step 2

Click the "File" tab, then "New." Under the list of "Available Templates," click one of the categories under "Office.com."

Step 3

Browse through a category of templates, depending on what you are looking for. For instance, click "Resumes" to view all the available resume templates you can use.

Step 4

Double-click a template to apply it your document. Now you can edit text and images, customizing the template as needed.

Step 5

Click "File," then "Save as" to save the new document. Save the customized document as a template that you can reuse by clicking "Templates" in the "Save as" dialog box. Select "Word Template" from the "Save as Type" list, then click "Save." This will allow you access your customized template for reuse by clicking, "File > New," then opening "My Templates."

Word 2007

Step 1

Open a blank document in Microsoft Word 2007.

Step 2

Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "New." Click one of the links listed under "Microsoft Office Online."

Step 3

Browse through the available templates. Click a template to preview it. Double-click a template to apply it your Word document.

Step 4

Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save as" to save the document after customizing it. Save it as a reusable template by clicking the "Templates" folder and selecting "Word Template" from the "Save as Type" list. Click "Save."

Word 2003

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word 2003.

Step 2

Open a web browser and log on to Microsoft Office Online's Templates (see Resources).

Step 3

Browse through the categories of templates and find a template you want to use. Click the search field at the top of the screen to search for a specific template type.

Step 4

Click a template icon to preview it. Click "Download" to open it in Word 2003. Now you can make changes to it by adding your own information and images.

Step 5

Click "File," then "Save as" to save the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also log on to Microsoft Office Online directly to download templates for Word 2007 and Word 2010.