File → New
Whenever a new document is created in Word, it is based on one or
more document templates
files). Templates serve as boilerplates,
containing settings, text, and formatting that is applied to a new
document. Templates may also contain macros that can be used in a new
document. The Normal document template
normal.dot) is automatically loaded with Word,
the global template. For a complete
discussion of how Word uses templates, refer to Chapter 2.
A generic blank document is created based on
Files\Microsoft Office\Templates) by using Ctrl-N, by
selecting the New Blank Document toolbar button, or by simply
File → New launches the New dialog box shown in Figure 4-1, containing templates and wizards to create other document types.
Figure 4-1. Creating a new document
Generating a Preview
No preview is available for some templates, especially those without text. If you create a template and wish a preview to be available, open the template in Word and select File → Properties → Summary → Save Preview Picture. The preview of the document is available in both Word and Windows Explorer. The preview area on the New dialog box is often too small to be of much use. Choose Format → Theme → Style Gallery for a better way of previewing templates without having to open each one in Word. For more on using the style ...