Create a shortcut to a custom Word template

Here's how to create a desktop shortcut in Word that will open a new document based on the template of your choice with a few clicks of the mouse.

Are your users required to use a certain template for all their company documents? If so, rather than having them go through the process of opening Word and then opening a blank document based on the template, you can create a desktop shortcut that will let them open a new document based on the appropriate template with a few clicks of the mouse.

Follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the desktop.
  2. Click New | Shortcut.
  3. Enter the filename for the template, or click the Browse button and navigate to the template file and select it. Click OK.
  4. Click Next, enter a name for your shortcut, then click Finish.

When users use the desktop shortcut, they will have a blank Word document based on the company template open in the Word window.

Miss a tip?

Check out the Microsoft Word archive, and catch up on our most recent Word tips.

Help users increase productivity by automatically signing up for TechRepublic's free Microsoft Office Suite newsletter, featuring Word, Excel, and Access tips, delivered each Wednesday.

Editor's Picks

Free Newsletters, In your Inbox