How to Use Google Docs Templates

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Google Docs is an online word processing site that makes it easy to collaborate with co-workers and others. Using one of the site's template is an easy way to save time when working on a document in Google Docs. Templates contain formatting and boilerplate text. All you need to do is add your content to personalize it. After you save the document, you can then reuse it over and over again. There are plenty of templates available for Google Docs, and if you can't find one that suits your needs, you can open a blank screen and create your own.

Google Doc Templates

When you go to Google Docs, you are presented with a template gallery. If you don't see the templates at the top of the screen, turn this feature on in the Setting menu. You'll find several versions of templates for personal and business use including templates for:

  • Resumes 
  • Personal and business letters
  • Project proposals
  • Meeting notes
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Essays
  • Lesson plans

When you select a template and personalize it, you save a tremendous amount of time in selecting fonts, layout and color schemes, and the result is a professional-looking document. You can make changes in any of the design elements if you choose to do so.

Making Your Own Template

Create a document in Google Docs with all the features and text that you anticipate using in the future. Include your company logo and any text and formatting that will repeat. Then, save the document as you normally would. The document can be altered in the future, just like a template, for other uses.