Template (file format)

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For other uses, see Template (disambiguation).

The term document template when used in the context of file format refers to a common feature of many software applications that define a unique non-executable file format intended specifically for that particular application.

Template file formats are those whose file extension indicates that the file type is intended as a very high starting point from which to create other files.

These types of files are usually indicated on the File menu of the application:

   File -> Save As ... -> Document  (for printing or emailing, etc.)
   File -> Save As ... -> Template  (for specifying future documents)

For example, the word processing application Microsoft Word uses different file extensions for documents and templates: In Microsoft Word 2003 the file extension .dot is used to indicate a template, in Microsoft Word 2007 .dotx (in contrast to .doc, resp. .docx for a standard document).

In Adobe Dreamweaver the file extension .dwt is used to indicate a template.

Microsoft Word Templates[edit]

MS Word allows creating both layout and content templates. A layout template is a style guide for the file styles. It usually contains a chapter which explains how to use the styles within the documents. A content template is a document which provides a TOC. It might be modified to correspond to the user's needs.

The word "Template" here means "a preformatted file type that can be used to quickly create a specific file". In the Template, everything such as Font, Size, Color, and Background pictures are preformatted but users can also edit them.

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