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    Templates (Word 2000)

    Hi Everyone,

    If you have a and you want to apply it to an existing file so that all the formatting and styles are copied over, it is a matter of file->open ( opening the template) and cutting and pasting the other file into it, because it doesn't seem to work.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks Kindly,

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

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    Re: Templates (Word 2000)


    Instead of File > Open, try File > New to create a new document based on template.doc. Then copy the content of the existing document (minus the last paragraph mark) and paste it into your new document.

    If that doesn't help, post back with more specifics of what you're trying to do.


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    Re: Templates (Word 2000)

    Hi Kerrie,

    You only use File => Open with a template when you want to change the template! That isn't what you are describing. If you are trying to create a new template (rather than a finished document) you could use File => Open on your template and then (before you do anything else) Save As... to save it under your new template's name. Then make your modifications and save.

    Otherwise, use File => New ... and create a new document based on your template. Copy and paste from your old document into the new one.

    How well this will work will depend on how your formatting was applied in the old document. If it was applied directly, your results are going to be ... interesting ... and probably unexpected. If it is too bad, try using Edit => Paste Special... => Unformatted text. Then apply styles to the text once it has been pasted into your new document.

    Once you are satisfied with what you have, close your old document and save the new document using the same name (which will permanently delete the old document) or using a different name.

    The better you learn how styles work, the happier you'll be with your results in Word. See ( for information on the different kinds of templates, where they are stored, and how to get them to show up under the File => New dialog. You may also want to look at <A target="_blank" HREF=> Understanding Styles in Microsoft Word (
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
    Madison, Wisconsin

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