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hi,

i am using word 2010. i woul dlike to make my letter head available to me when i hit the " NEW " button.   i beleive these are templates...

can anyone help me how to accomplish this.?
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by:GrahamSkan
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The principle is simple. Create a document as you want your letterhead to be, and save it as a template. For convenience, you might like to save it alongside the Normal template, whose default location is C:\Users\*user name*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates.

If you save it there, it will appear in the 'Blank and recent' set when you do File,New.
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unfortunately,    it di d not work...

how can i confirm the file location for the template?
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by:GrahamSkan
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Not sure that I understand that. You can search for any file with Windows Explorer.
If you want to be sure of the location of the Normal template, Use Word Options, Advanced, File locations... The Normal template is shown by the 'User Templates' item.

Note that you can create a new document from any document or template with 'New from existing...' in the New Document dialogue. Next time it will appear in the 'Recently Used Templates part of the 'Blank and recent' pane.
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by:intelogent
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where does word show me where the templates are stored?  i can not find the file locations... perhaps that is my issue
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by:GrahamSkan
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Templates don't have to be (and aren't) all stored in the same place. However the Normal template is always stored in the place indicated by Word's 'User templates' location.

Have you tried using Windows explorer to look in:
C:\Users\*user name*\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
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by:intelogent
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yes i have....

i see the normal doc....

i do not see any other templates... wor the likes of them... yet when i am in the word program, and select new > i se available templates.....
but i see no files in the above location to correspond to these templates....


this was so much easier in word  2003
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by:intelogent
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coul dit be the extension.... what is the required extension?
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by:GrahamSkan
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As I said, the Normal template *must* be there. Others can be anywhere. There is a option to set a 'Workgroup templates' location. It is blank by default, so it would need to be specified.

If you want to know where a particular template displayed in the New dialogue is located, you could create a new document from it and then look in the Templates and Add-ins dialogue (Developer tab, Document Template button). The path of the document's attached template should then be shown.

Your original question asked how to use your letterhead document as a template. To re-emphasise, you can use it as a template by browsing for it using the 'New from existing...' item in the 'New document' dialogue.
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ok,

i got it... it works... and thank you so much.....

but perhaps we can tweak it..

it seems to use this Ltr Hd template, i need to  select new >  then comes available templates. on eof which is  My  or recent templates.
i see there is a separate payne undere neath that for templates off of the web....

my template is used so much, that i was hoping to add the icon there, rather then having an additional click.  is that possible.
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I'm sorry, but your argument is rather hard to follow.

Adding an icon into the Web list wouldn't seem to save a click. Rather, it would add one. You have to click a category in the pane to get the list of templates within that category, and then click on the particular template of your choice.
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by:intelogent
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you know i was just used to primative versions of word, where the template was available once you cliked " new".
anyhow... the original objective to have this template available has been met, and i thank you.
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