In our fast-paced society, we no longer have the time to mess around with Microsoft Office; it can be extremely time-consuming to design a professional-looking letter or memo from scratch. Instead, we often turn to templates. Templates are pre-designed documents which can be changed to fit your requirements; most templates are designed to be compatible with Microsoft Word, as this is the most common text editor available.
The first method of how to obtain Microsoft Office templates is to go to Google, and type "Microsoft Office Templates", possibly adding a specific type of template subcategory (such as holiday) if you wish. The first result should be the official Microsoft Office Templates page. Click that link and it will open up the page. There you will find a variety of templates, in a wide range of categories, for you to choose from; alternatively, you can receive even more template categories by clicking on "All Categories". After you have selected a template category, you will be presented with small snapshots of each template and a description. Once you have picked a template, go into that template's page and select "Download".
To find compatible templates, you can also use the pre-installed templates which should be available in each Microsoft Office program. The Office programs' template wizards come with a number of templates that you can access easily. For example, in Microsoft Powerpoint, with the default options the available templates should appear in a panel to the right of your presentation. You can choose between the layout templates or the design and feel templates by scrolling through the panel.
Finally, if you are a business that wants something unique or if you simply require a personalized template, your best option is to create a template yourself which you can then adapt and use for presentations, letterhead, and so on. To do this, open up a new Powerpoint file. Before you do anything else, go to "Save As". Name your template and in the box below, select "Powerpoint Template". Once you've saved this blank file, you can begin to manipulate your new template design by importing logos, themes, and common options used in your presentations.
You should always remember that any external files used in a template must always be in the same folder as the template; otherwise, whenever the template file is transferred without the additional documents ity may no longer work. Once you are happy with your new template design, click "File" (in the top left corner of the applications toolbar), and then click "Save".
Congratulations! You have just made your new, personalized template which you can not only use, but periodically fine-tune by loading the template and saving again once you have completed your redesign.
There are many other ways to gain Microsoft Office templates, but the above methods are the most reliable and consistent; best of all, they are free ways to gain templates for any use.