Microsoft's Best Word Templates

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Boost Productivity Using Free Templates for Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word 2016. (c) Courtesy of Microsoft

Your individual and professional projects may need a boost, and utilizing Microsoft’s best Word and word processing templates is an easy (and free!) way to save time--by not reinventing the wheel!

Here are my top pics among the hundreds available. Hopefully, this saves you some search time!

Please keep in mind that, in some cases, Microsoft's online templates may work for only certain versions of its software (such as Office 2010, 2013, 2016, or Office Online, for example). If you have an earlier version than required, the template may not be compatible, but if you have a later version than listed, the download should work.

For those with later versions of Microsoft Office, the best bet is to search from within the Word program itself. I'll guide you in how to do this for each of the following recommendations.

So jump in, and start taking advantage of these ready-made tools!

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Blank Invitation Note Card Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Invitation Note Card Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

If you have an event or party to announce, consider customizing this General Blank Invitation Note Card Template for Microsoft Word.

This can be a great tool for business owners, managers, marketers, creatives, and individuals. By using a template like this, you can be assured that your design will print in a sensible way, and you aren't starting from a completely empty page.

To find this and other note card templates, open Word, then select File - New. In the search box, type in keywords such as "note card". If you like a specific design, click on it for a larger view and download it (internet connection required) if you want to use it.

 

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Antique Newsletter Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Trendy Design Newsletter Template by Hewlett Packard for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft and HP

Being more productive with your time isn't always just about getting things done. Add some shabby chic to your correspondence with a designed template such as this Antique Newsletter Template or Printable for Microsoft Word.

Once Word is open, select File then New to search for this template by keyword. 

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General Flyer with Tear-Offs Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Flyer with Tear Offs Template for Microsoft Publisher. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Templates such as this General Flyer with Tear-Offs Template or Printable for Microsoft Word are an easy way to advertise something you are selling, or even an event you are planning.

Even with technology advances, I still see these at local restaurants, coffee shops, and libraries, so consider this template when trying to connect with your community.

In Word, select File then New. Use the field in the upper left to search for the template by keyword.

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An Alternative to the Wizard: Mail Merge Letter Template for Microsoft Word

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Mail Merge Letter Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Here's a different approach to setting up a mail merge with a little help, with a slightly different approach than using the Mail Merge Wizard.

This Mail Merge Letter Template for Microsoft Word helps you create a letter that is individualized for each recipient in your data list.

Just add data such as names, addresses, and other details.

In Word, select File then New. Use the field in the upper left to search for the template by keyword.

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DIY Party or Event Tickets Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Basic Ticket Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Add fun flair with this Party or Event Tickets Template or Printable for Microsoft Word.

Be creative when thinking how you can adapt a template or apply it to different personal or business projects and occasions.

For example, you can use these tickets for admission, raffle prize drawings, or refreshments.

Once Word is open, select File then New to search for this template by keyword. 

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General Brochure Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Business or Personal Brochure Template for Microsoft Word. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

If you have a personal or professional innovation to announce or sell, and you want to get provide a bit more detail than a flyer, consider this General Brochure Template or Printable for Microsoft Word.

You can customize it to whatever campaign, product, or event you might be educating your community about.

In Word, select File then New. Use the field in the upper left to search for the template by keyword.

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Floral Report Template or Printable for Microsoft Word

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Floral Design Cover Sheet Template. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft and BoxedArt

This Floral Report Template for Microsoft Word is a stunning way to present certain kinds of reports or other documents. Courtesy of BoxedArt.

Keep in mind, some colors and other design elements can be customized in templates like this.

Once Word is open, select File then New to search for this template by keyword. 

 

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