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How to Apply a Word Template to an Existing Word Document

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Word templates are a great way to enhance the visual appeal and consistency of your documents. Whether you’re creating a report, a letter, or any other type of document, applying a Word template can save you time and effort by providing a pre-designed layout and formatting. In this article, we will guide you through the process of applying a Word template to an existing Word document.

Steps to apply template of document (say base_doc.docx) to another document (new.docx) is as follows:

  1. Open your document whose template you need to apply to other (base_doc.docx) and save it as Word Template with extension .dotx (say base_doc.dotm).
  2. Open the document on which you need to apply template/formatting (new.docx) of other document.
  3. Go to “Developer Tab” and click “Document Template”. Note: By default, developer tab is not active. If you don’t see it, then follow these simple steps given here to get get developer tab.
    document template button in developer tab
  4. In “Template and Add-ins” windows, click Attach (below Document template).
    Templates and addins
  5. Browse the template (base_doc.dotm) that you have saved in Step 1.
  6. Check “Automatically update document styles” and click OK.
    apply template to another document

After above step formatting of “base_doc.dotm” will be applied to “new.docx”


Microsoft Word provides a way to apply the formatting of one document to another. This is achieved by saving a template of the document whose format needs to be applied regularly to another document. This method saves a lot of time and effort.

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