Did you know that Microsoft provide pre-created templates for all sorts of things so if you don’t know where to start, want to save yourself some time or have tried to create a document and it doesn’t quite work then why not check out what is already on offer.
There are certainly some that I have used and the online ones are being added to all the time. They are available at the top of the screen when you first go into an application or when you go to the File menu and choose New.
Word templates provide a pre created layout with default text that can be modified as required. Examples include:
- Business Cards
In Excel the templates can also include calculations which update as data is inputted. Here’s just a few that are on offer:
- Personal or business budgets
- Invoice tracker
- To do list
- Project planner
Templates in PowerPoint are more related to the design and layout rather than the content. They can be used to create professional looking presentations if a corporate template is not available.
Access templates produce a database with at least 1 table and a range of queries, forms and reports providing the structure of the database but without any data. Here are some examples:
- Customer service
- Event management
- Task Management
- Call Tracker
- Project Management
- Sales Pipeline
A project plan is created including suggested task and resources. Some even contain graphs. They are an excellent starting point or great for ideas if you choose to start a plan from scratch. Some popular ones are listed here:
- Commercial or residential construction
- New Business Plan
- Start up Business Plan
- Marketing Campaign
- New product Launch
- Training rollout initiative
Teams templates are a little different to the others and are accessed in a different way. They are available when you are creating a new team site and create a suggestion of channels and apps to be used.
It is certainly worth your while checking some of these out. In some cases they may save you loads of time or provide some new ideas on how the applications could be used.
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