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Word 2010 & Personal Letter Template

    Question

  • I began my quest this morning in the hopes of fashioning a very basic no frills personal letter. Silly me. I started in the most obvious of places: File/New/Letters/Personal Letters.

    If there is a basic personal letter template I cannot see it but for the plethora of other specialized letters that have but one singular use.

    I don't need to write a letter to Santa. I don't need to write a Power of Attorney regarding child care. I don't need to write a letter of apology for late payment, and I certainly don't need to write a request for genealogy records from a church, a funeral home or from a library.

    For God's Sake Microsoft, I just need to write a personal letter of my own content.

    Is such a simple, mundane and (I thought) obvious thing exist?

    Thank you

    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 1:42 PM

Answers

  • Hi, 

    If you don’t like these template, you can create a template(Save As template) by yourself: 

    You can start with a blank document and save it as a template, follow these steps.

    • Click the File tab, and then click New.
    • Click Blank document, and then click Create.
    • Make the changes that you want to the margin settings, page size and orientation, styles, and other formats.
      You can also add content controls such as a date picker, instructional text, and graphics that you want to appear in all new documents that you base on the template.
    • Click the File tab, and then click Save As.
    • In the Save As dialog box, do one of the following:
      On a computer that is running Windows 7, scroll to the top of the folder list, and under Microsoft Word click Templates.
      On a computer that is running Windows Vista, under Favorite Links, click Templates.
      On a computer that is running Windows XP, under Save in, click Trusted Templates.
    • Give the new template a file name, select Word Template in the Save as type list, and then click Save.
       NOTE   You can also save the template as a Word Macro-Enabled Template (.dotm file) or a Word 97-2003 Template (.dot file).
    • Close the template.

     

    You may also interesting create a template that is based on an existing document or template, more detailed information you can visit below link:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/save-a-word-document-as-a-template-HA101868862.aspx?CTT=1

    Best Regards.


    William Zhou

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, February 02, 2012 9:05 AM

All replies

  • Hi, 

    If you don’t like these template, you can create a template(Save As template) by yourself: 

    You can start with a blank document and save it as a template, follow these steps.

    • Click the File tab, and then click New.
    • Click Blank document, and then click Create.
    • Make the changes that you want to the margin settings, page size and orientation, styles, and other formats.
      You can also add content controls such as a date picker, instructional text, and graphics that you want to appear in all new documents that you base on the template.
    • Click the File tab, and then click Save As.
    • In the Save As dialog box, do one of the following:
      On a computer that is running Windows 7, scroll to the top of the folder list, and under Microsoft Word click Templates.
      On a computer that is running Windows Vista, under Favorite Links, click Templates.
      On a computer that is running Windows XP, under Save in, click Trusted Templates.
    • Give the new template a file name, select Word Template in the Save as type list, and then click Save.
       NOTE   You can also save the template as a Word Macro-Enabled Template (.dotm file) or a Word 97-2003 Template (.dot file).
    • Close the template.

     

    You may also interesting create a template that is based on an existing document or template, more detailed information you can visit below link:

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/save-a-word-document-as-a-template-HA101868862.aspx?CTT=1

    Best Regards.


    William Zhou

    TechNet Community Support

    Thursday, February 02, 2012 9:05 AM
  • In other words, there is no basic template for a generic personal letter. I'm talking about a built in one, not one from the community gallery of submitted templates. As there is more than one agreed upon forms of basic personal letter layouts, it would have made sense for Microsoft to include these as built in templates.

    Anyhow, thank you.

    Thursday, February 02, 2012 1:20 PM