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Well, by now you know that OneNote 2010 includes a number of built-in templates to choose from, not only to change up the look and feel of the background of your page, but to even add placeholders and sample content. The other option you have is to set up a default template. The default template is applied to each section of a notebook, so you can have different default templates for each of the sections in your notebook. For example, here on our Two Trees8 notebook with our User Conference section selected, we've created a custom template.
A custom template was based on an existing template that had this blue bar down the left-hand side, and you can see the coloring of our content as well. Well, maybe we want all of the new pages in this section to have a similar look and feel. We don't need the placeholder content for our Conference Overview on every new page, but maybe the same look and feel. So in that case, we want to make sure that our Templates task pane is opened up. If yours is not, just click the drop-down next to New Page and click Page Templates.
That will open it up. And down near the bottom, you'll see we can choose a default template. Down below that, you'll see the drop-down button where it says No Default Template. When No Default Template is selected, you just get that blank page. Let's try it out. I'll click New Page, there's our new blank page, and you can see there's no formatting whatsoever. Let's go up to the Undo button in the Quick Access toolbar here and undo that. Let's try something different. Let's go to our Decorative group here.
Let's scroll way down near the bottom of this group. You're going to see something that might work. When we click Side Stripes, you'll notice it looks very similar to our custom template for our Conference Overview. We may need to scroll over to see it all. So that would be ideal if we could use that as our default template. So let's go down to the Default Template drop-down and you're going to see an alphabetical listing by category.
So remember, we got this from the Decorative category. So we'll go down until we start seeing some of the decorative ones, there they are. We're going to scroll way down until we see Side Stripes - Decorative and select that. Every time we create a new page in this section only, we'll see a similar look and feel, and it will give us a consistent feel as well. So let's go up to our untitled page, we'll just right-click and delete that. Now, every time we go to create a new page in this section, let's click the New Page button.
You can see it's an untitled page but it's got that similar look and feel to our Conference Overview template that we had in the previous page. Now, if we go over to Revenues, a different section in our notebook, you'll notice that there's no default template set up for this particular section either. So you might have an untitled page there. As we go through the different pages, really there's no special formatting. So in this case, we would set up a new default template. That could be anything. So if we click this drop-down and we'll just go to one of the Decorative options again.
Let's try Black and Green Title. Every time we create a new page in this section, we'll be using that custom template. You can see it's got a nice kind of feel for in this case our Revenue section. Go back to User Conference and you see that we still have our Side Stripes - Decorative as our default template for that section. So it's a great way to stay organized. The various sections in your template can have their own special look and feel. It'll help you to remember what section you're in, and it will also allow for a consistent look.
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