Microsoft's Best Templates and Printables for Writers

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Free MS Office Templates for Writers, Authors, and Bloggers

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Office Software Library. (c) Romilly Lockyer / Getty Images

Find useful drafting, organization, marketing, and communication tools in this gallery of Microsoft’s free templates for personal, creative, academic, or professional writing projects.

Using a template can get you started quickly so you can focus on actually writing!

Microsoft has hundreds of templates you may be interested in, but now you need to search through the Office program interface itself rather than through an online template site.

This slide show will guide you through how to do this.

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Story or Novel Manuscript Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Story or Novel Manuscript Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

This Story or Novel Manuscript Template or Printable for Microsoft Word is a way to jump right into the writing process.

While this is just a generic form, and you absolutely need to check each publisher's manuscript requirements before submitting, this may give you enough formatting to just hit the ground running with your ideas.

Open the program, then select the Office Button (or File) - New to search for this by keyword.

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Blog Post Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Blog Post Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Did you know you can write a blog right from Microsoft Word? Here's how: How to Write and Post Your Blog Directly from Microsoft Office.

It's even easier using this Blog Post Template or Printable for Microsoft Word. When you use it, a new document opens which should look mostly blank but notice your new menus for linking and posting to your Blogger, Wordpress, or similar online blogging account.

This is available by opening the program, then selecting File - New then searching for 'blog'. 

You may also be interested in: Your Best Software and Online Platform Options for Blogging.

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Email Newsletter Template or Printable for Microsoft Publisher

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Email Newsletter Template for Microsoft Publisher. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

In this way, writers who are used to Word can more easily connect with their blog followers or anyone else on your list of email contacts. This Email Newsletter Template or Printable for Microsoft Publisher lets you do so using a professional layout.

You can send information on book promotions, new releases, upcoming events, inspiration for other writers, and anything else that you find relevant.

This design is just one of many. You will find other newsletter designs that are email-ready when you click through this link.

Open Publisher, then select New and search by keyword.

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Writing Project Timeline Planning Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel

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Writing Project Timeline Planning Template for Microsoft Excel. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Combine your many projects in one visual, easy-to-track document with this Writing Project Timeline Planning Template or Printable for Microsoft Excel. This is known as a Gantt chart.

Most writers have multiple projects with varied stages or deadlines. This is also a wonderful, one-stop tool for communicating your projects to your family, team, or group. It allows you to spend less time tracking down details or wondering what should be prioritized next.

Open Excel, then select New and search by keyword.

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Book Release Event Post Card Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Book Release Event Post Card Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

The Book Release Event Post Card Template or Printable for Microsoft Word is a versatile marketing tool for a lot of events authors can find themselves involved in, from book release parties, to book signings, to other promotional activities.

These postcards can be customized with an image of your book cover, author photo, self-publishing logo, or other relevant images.

Search for this template by selecting File, then searching by keyword under New. 

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Photo Bookmarks Template or Printable for Microsoft Publisher

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Photo Bookmark Template for Microsoft Publisher. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

While it's a great investment to have promotional products more professionally designed, these customizable Photo Bookmarks Template or Printable for Microsoft Publisher could get you by in a pinch for an upcoming event. 

You can also find many other bookmark designs.

Open Publisher, then select New and search by keyword.

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Book Stack Presentation Template or Printable for Microsoft PowerPoint

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Book Stack Presentation Template for Microsoft PowerPoint. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

This Book Stack Presentation Template or Printable for Microsoft PowerPoint features several different slide layouts in one downloadable file.

Remember, you have some control over colors, fonts, and more. It's just one reason using a template like this is a great way to make your next presentation your own.

Open PowerPoint, select File - New, then search for the template.

You may also be interested ​in Microsoft's Best Templates for Teachers.

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Animated Flipping Book Template for Microsoft PowerPoint

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Book Opening Effect Template for Microsoft PowerPoint. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

For a dynamic presentation that takes visual elements to the next level, consider the Animated Flipping Book Template for Microsoft PowerPoint.

The animation is simple but it may be a fun beginning to some types of presentations. To add your own text, like I did here, simply select Insert - Text Box to create a typable space over the blank book page.

In PowerPoint, select File - New, then search for the template by keyword.

 

Find more templates for holidays, seasons of the year, education, home, business, and more by visiting this site's Microsoft Office Templates for Business or main Office Software Templates page.