Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Opening a Template.

Opening a Template

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated September 10, 2022)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


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Templates are used to define how a document and the Word interface should look. To open a template file, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Open (Word 2007) or click the File tab and then click Open (Word 2010 and later versions). Word displays the Open dialog box.
  2. At the bottom of the dialog box, just above the Open button, is a drop-down list where you can specify the type of files you want Word to list. Use the drop-down list to select either Word Templates or Word Macro-Enabled Templates, depending on which type you want to open.
  3. Using the controls in the dialog box, browse through directories and disk drives until the desired template files are listed.
  4. Select the desired document template.
  5. Click the Open button.

You can now make changes in the template, just as you would in any other document. When you save the changes, they are available the next time you create a document based on the template.

I should also note that you cannot open a template simply by double-clicking on it within Windows. If you do that, then Word opens a blank document based upon that template. Double-clicking does not open the template itself, but instead creates a new document based on the template.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10196) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Opening a Template.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2022-09-12 09:08:16

Mechie

If you know where the templates folder is and have access to it AND you are someone who prefers to work through Windows File Explorer... You can OPEN the template by right clicking on it and bringing up the context menu. Typically, NEW will be in bold which represents the default action for a double click on the file name. As was noted, a double click will generate a New document based on the template. However, the right click context menu also provides an 'Open' option. Click on Open and the template itself will actually be opened. Side note - If the template properties have been set to Read Only, then you will be prompted to save the template with a new file name. Assuming the intent is that you want to edit the existing template, then simply make sure to remove the Read Only setting before opening the file. Reapply Read Only after saving if appropriate. (see Figure 1 below)

Figure 1. Right Click Context Menu (inside File Explorer)


2022-09-10 23:52:58

Sheila

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Eventually found in C Users AppData (Hidden File) Roaming Microsoft Templates


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