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    Publication Template (2003)

    I'm trying to locate a good publication template for use in Word or any of the Office products that ther is a template for. I need to put into writing, a lot of info I have in my head on a particular subject that I know the most about at my company. I assumed it would be a Word doc and so I started looking fora Word Template. I really don't care whether it is on Word or Publisher or whatever program is used so long as I have that software. I thought for sure that the Office suite of products would offer a template for a publication. Now to my surprise I am unable to find a 'Publication' template under any of the Office programs.

    Does anyone have a suggestion as to where I might find a good template for creating a publication or technical guide that can be done using one of the Microsoft Office or ducts? Or does anyone have suggestions as to a good place to get templates?

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    Have you tried Microsoft Office Templates Home Page to see if there are any templates there that match your requirements?

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    That was the first place I checked and I was very suprised to not find anything along the limes of what I am looking for.

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    Have you looked at Microsoft OneNote? Its really at its best on a tablet PC but for jotting down ideas and then organising them it does beat a more structured product like Word.

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    Other than the offerings on the MS site, you might want to browse through some of these sites:
    free ms word template

    From the sound of it, something like a treeview organizer would be better suited to your "thought collection" exercise. Several <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> programs come to mind, each being a small and very simple install/ uninstall. Check out <post#=463,938>post 463,938</post: >.

    If it's "text only" information, I think it would be hard to beat
    ! Treepad Lite: freeware Personal database, PIM, organizer, notes manager, text editor and search engine..
    In particular, you could use it as an organized "thought repository" and "export subtrees and articles to .html, .txt, .hjt files" or Word itself, as you need "prettied up" copies.

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    Maybe start by sketching out an outline on paper. It could end up looking like a user manual, or a set of steps, or a policy, or... I think you might then find something very specific, rather than the more general template you're looking for. It also could be a group or combination of different types of documents.

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    I'd like to thank everyone for their responses. What I need is a template that is for creating new Guides or publications like a Technical Users Guide. I was hoping for a template so that all the headings and structure would be established and I could simply fill in the information within the appropriate location. This needs to easily distributable whcih is why I started out trying to use Word. As great as One NOte is, what I am looking for needs more structure. I'm not ken on any program outside of Office that is not commonly found on systems or that requires the program itself to view the file. For example a PDF file would be fine because anyone can get the Adobe Reader for free.

    I'm happy to say that as I was composing this reply to my own post I stumbled across what I was looking for. Word comes with a set of Templates and within these is a tab labeled 'Publications' that contains a template named 'Manual' that appears to be exactly what I was looking for. I'm suprised that no one suggested this template.

    A big thanks again to everyone that responded. Just as always, Woody's Lounge proves again why it is #1 in my book of user groups.

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    Re: Publication Template (2003)

    Glad you found what you were after Ed. Knowing now that your aim is the distribution of manuals, have you considered porting your publications as Windows Help files? There are some rather good commercial and <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15> softwares that integrate nicely with Word, allowing easy conversion to this more universal (and arguably more appropriate) file format.

    Alan

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