How to Create an OFT in Microsoft Outlook

By Greg Lindberg

With Microsoft Outlook, you can use the the official e-mail template to create a file with an .oft extension. This template has a preformatted layout that includes a recognizable script for all template files. A template file is created so that you can use the same structured format for each email you send. After the template file is saved, you can find it stored in the "Forms" section within the “Tools” option. You can also save any message that you write as an .oft file.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Outlook 2000/2003

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook and create a new email as you normally would. Make sure you format the e-mail as you want the template to be formatted. Don’t include any information that will vary with each e-mail.

Step 2

Click on the “Tools” option from the top tool bar and then scroll over the “Forms” option. Click the “Publish Form As” option. A pop-up will then appear.

Step 3

Click the “Personal Forms Library” button. Enter the name you want for your template in the “Display Name” field and then type the name of form in the “Form Name” field if you want it to be different from the display name.

Step 4

Click the “Publish” button and the template will be saved. Click the “File” option from the top tool bar and then scroll over the “New” option. Click the “Choose Form” option.

Step 5

Click the “File” option again and click the “Save As” option. Click the “Save as Type” drop-down menu and select the “Outlook Template (*.OFT)” option. Click the “Save” button and you’ll have created an .oft file.