Can I Create A Common Word Document Footer Template To Be Linked To Or Included In All My Word Templates

Posted on 2006-05-24
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
Hi All,

I have 20 word document templates, all with the same footer.
I need to change the footer on all the templates which would take time.
I was wondering if there is any way to create a single footer, linked to ALL 20 templates that i can update once?
A bit like the include in html coding!

Thanks in advance
Question by:sparky1977
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    Expert Comment

    It might be possible to code it in xml and have it call a txt file.  Then all you have to do is update the txt file with what you want.
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    Accepted Solution

    I don't think this is possible as a global template change in word.  Each template is its own entity in word.  If you had have done all those files off a pre-existing template, then yes, change the master and they are done.  So in the future, create just a template for the footer, and in the other template files, link to the footer template.  This means a template embedded in another template, if you know what I mean.

    Why not try it now.  Just create a template for the footer (you have the problem of leaving enough space at the top), then include that footer in the other 20 docs (or maybe just a few to test), then change that footer, print the templates, and see if it works.
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    Assisted Solution

    Here is a somewhat workable option.

    1. Open each one of those templates.
    2. Go to Window>Arrange All.
    3. On the pretty wallpaper that will now show, enable to view Header/footer on
    each one.

    4. Once you can see the footer on each open template, type the new footer on the first one, make no mistakes in typing and complete as many senteces you need. Then click on each footer, hit the F4 or Repeat command.

    I just applied this little labor intensive option and it took me less than 7 minutes, depending on how ellaborate your footers are, times may vary.
    Or you can spend 2 hours researching for the VBA/XML answer which wasn't worth my 7 minutes.

    Good luck.
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    Expert Comment

    It is nice of you guys to clean all this stuff up.

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