A template is essentially a model that serves as the basis for something else. An Excel template is a workbook that’s used to create other workbooks. This chapter discusses some of the templates included with Excel and also describes how to create your own template files. Creating a template takes some time, but in the long run, doing so may save you a lot of work.
The best way to become familiar with Excel template files is to jump in and try a few. Most versions of Excel include template files, but Excel 2007 gives you quick access to hundreds of such files.
To explore the Excel templates, choose Office New to display the New Workbook dialog box. The templates listed in the New Workbook dialog box are in three categories:
Those installed on your hard drive (Template Categories Installed Templates)
Those that you can download from Microsoft Office Online
Those that you’ve created (Template Categories Featuring My Templates)
In addition, the right side of the dialog box ...