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How to apply a Word Template to an existing Word document?

In general, it's easy to apply a Word template to a new Word document. However, work goes tough to change template for an existing Word document. Any idea to apply or change a Word template to an existing Word Document? Below method will ease your work.

Apply a Word Template to an existing Word document


Apply a Word Template to an existing Word document

Please follow below steps to apply or change the Word template to your existing Word document.

1. Open the Word document you will apply template to, and click File > Options to open the Word Options dialog box.

2. In the Word Options dialog box, please (1) click Add-ins in the left bar, (2) select Templates from the Manage drop down list, and (3) click the Go button. See screenshot:

3. In the new opening Templates and Add-ins dialog box, please check the Automatically update document styles option, and click the Attach button. See screenshot:

4. In the Attach Template dialog box, please (1) open the folder containing the personal template you will apply, (2) select the specified personal template, and (3) click the Open button. See screenshot:

Note: If you have saved the specified personal Word template in the default custom office template folder, you can open this folder quickly with folder path %username%\Documents\Custom Office Templates.

5. Click the OK button when it returns to the Templates and Add-ins dialog box.
And now the specified Word template is applied to the existing Word document immediately. See screenshot:

Note: To remove the personal template from existing Word document, please repeat above steps and apply the default Word Template to the document as below screenshot shown:
FYI, you can open the folder containing the default Word Template with folder path C:\Users\your_user_name\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates.

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Procedure does not work.
I foolow the steps, but after last OK nothing changes in document.
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Hello Extend Office

Thanks so much for this article, extremely useful.

Is there any way to apply a source template to multiple documents using your KuTools for word product?

Thanks!
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Hi John,

For now, the feature only allows you to apply a source template to one document a time.

You can submit a feature request to . 🙂

Amanda
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I get an error message; the template is not valid
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Hi Larry,
Would you like tell us more about the error message? The more detailed you describe the error, the faster we can understand and solve it.
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I have created a document based on a template. Later on, I made some changes in the template. How can I update my document and apply the changes?
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Hi Jatinder,
You can follow the same steps introduced in this article to update the template in you document.
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I have created a document based on a template. Later on, I made some changes in the template. How can I update my document and apply the changes?
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Thank you, it works!
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Thanks, very useful!
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Alt-T + I opens the Template dialog where normal is the default template. You can change this to an other existing template by clicking the Attach... Button an choose the new template.
!!! To apply the styles, check the "Automatically update document styles"
You're done.
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Perfect, it's damn shortcut !
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I have a simple solution to at least have the base lines of your attachments. First, go to Insert ribbon > click on object (below date and time) > select text from file (choose the document to attach). That should be it :) Hope it helps
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very easy to follow, thankyou
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Hi Ryan,
Thanks for your comment and advice. The new method seems not work in my Office work environments. Could you show more detailed steps and description about your method? Thanks in advace!
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When you "attach" the template and select "automatically update document styles", the template styles update to the styles list, but for existing styles in the document, you have to apply the new template styles. In other words, you have to select the text and click the style from the styles list for it to take effect. Usually after I attach the template, I turn around and deselect the "automatically update document styles" so as not to corrupt styles if I make a mistake. Also, if I make a mistake, such as moving the indentation of a style I have defined as "table text" (which changes all table text in the document), I go back into the Developer tab, use the Organizer button, open the template and re-import the table text style to fix it in the document.
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