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    Installing and using custom templates in Word XP. (Word 2002)

    Greetings,

    I have a question about Word 2002, dealing with installing and then creating a new document based on a custom template. I am asking this question for someone else who is rather computer illiterate, and I don't have Office XP, so I have no way of finding the answer for her other than to ask the very knowledgeable and helpful people in Woody's Lounge.

    The computer OS is Windows XP, and she's using Office XP.

    Installation locations for the custom templates appear to be the same as in Windows 2000, and Office 2000.

    Example: Cocuments and SettingsUsernameApplication DataMicrosoftTemplates

    After installing the templates into this location how can new documents be created based on them?

    In Word 2000 I'd simply click on File/New... and select the custom template from the "General" tab, but Word 2002 uses the new "Task Pane" instead, so where on the "Task Pane" would the custom templates show up as an available option for creating a new blank document based on them?

    According to the woman I'm attempting to help they do not show up under "New" in the "Task Pane" where "Blank Document", "Blank Web Page", and "Blank E-mail Message" are displayed. Would the new custom templates appear under "General Templates..."?

    What is the easiest way for her to create a new blank document based on these newly installed custom templates in Word 2002?

    Thank you for your time; any assistance will be greatly appreciated.

    Sincerely,

    Jesse Yatckoske

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    Re: Installing and using custom templates in Word XP. (Word 2002)

    They should show up under General Templates. In my Word 2002, clicking on General Templates in the task pane gives access to the templates dialog box we're all used to from earlier versions of Word, which includes any other templates tabs as well (letters and faxes, memos, etc.)

    Lee Morgan

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    Need template understanding

    Not trying to change the subject, but this old man has a very hard time with templates....understanding what that's all about though I've used MSWORD for many years. What would be the one best -- read that, understandable -- place for that research? <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>
    <font face="Snap ITC">Hawai`i Bill</font face=snap>

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    Re: Need template understanding

    Bill, you might have a look at the Word MVP site. They have great FAQs (you'll find info about templates in the Customization tab), Tutorials and links to other useful sites.

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    Re: Need template understanding

    Check out most any of Woody's books on MS Word and/or Office. Even some of the stuff he had to say in his "Hacker's Guide to Word for Windows" (1994) still applies. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Need template understanding

    Dave,

    Yes, I'm a Woody reader and, in this case, his Special Edition Using Office XP divides time on my shelf or in my hands. It's my aging brain discouraged by the universal understanding of templates wherein all descriptions are unintelligable to those of us who just don't get it.. I yearn for a WORD that I can simply turn on and start flailing away without being bothered by what went on before.

    It seems to me that normal.dot should be just that but in way too many times I save my document and there is that impudent dialog box saying I've changed it and, therefor, asking me if I want to save normal.dot. If I don't, the system gets real sassy about closing my file and letting me go take a nap. Maybe this doesn't make sense. Almost certainly doesn't.

    But I object to my applications being on automatic pilot just as I feel that way about our president. While appreciating that WORD can adjust its look and feel for letters,invoices, notes to girlfriends, etc., I want to also have it just sit there and be Notepad.

    <font face="Snap ITC">Hawai`i Bill</font face=snap>

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    Re: Need template understanding

    Bill, try the URL below. Has a lot of stuff on Word. Aimed a bit at legal folks, because the guy who maintains it is a lawyer, but it is an excellent source of info anyway, HTH

    Ron M <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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