Document is just a fancy word for a letter, report, announcement, or proclamation that you create with Word. All documents are created using a special kind of file called a template. The template provides the formats — the fonts, styles, margin specifcations, layouts and other stuﬀ — that give a document its appearance.
When you create a document, you are asked to choose a template to establish what your document will look like. If your aim is to create an academic report, ﬂyer, newsletter, calendar, résumé, or other sophisticated document, see whether you can spare yourself the formatting work by choosing the appropriate template when you create your document.
Follow these basic steps to create a document:
1. On the File tab, choose New. The New window shown in Figure 1-2 appears.
2. Click to select a template. A preview window appears with a description of the template you chose, as shown in Figure 1-2.
3. Click the Create button in the preview window. Your new Word document opens
Use these techniques in the New window to choose a template and create a document:
» Choose the Blank Document template: Choose Blank Document to create a bare-bones document with few styles. Blank Document is the default template for creating documents. (By pressing Ctrl+N, you can create a new document without opening the New window.)
» Search online for a template: Enter a search term in the Search box and click the Start Searching button (or click a suggested search term). Templates appear in the New window. You can click a template to examine it closely in a preview window (refer to Figure 1-2). Click the Create button to create a document from the template.
» Choose a template: Select a template to examine it in a preview window (refer to Figure 1-2). Click the Create button in the preview window to create a document from the template.
» Choose a personal template: On the Personal tab, click to select a template and create a document. A personal template is one that you created or copied to your computer or network. Chapter 3 of this minibook explains how to create templates. The Personal tab appears in the New window only if you’ve created templates or copied them to your computer.