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If you've created a publication, and you'd like to create a template out of that publication - even if you've already used a template to create it, it's totally possible here in Publisher 2010. There are number of templates to choose from to help you get started, but you can customize though, and then and save them as your own templates for future use. So here we are, working with our postcard from the previous lesson. We just created this brand-new publication based on a template. Let's make a minor adjustment here. Let's say we go to page 2. We just click and drag over the Two Trees Olive Oil Company text that appears in the top left-hand corner.
We'll just change the color to a nice olive green, a simple change. But we're not going to save the publication. We've going to save it as a template. So every time we go to create it brand- new, maybe using different addresses or a mail merge, for example, it's going to have that change in there. To do that, we go to the File tab or Backstage view, and choose Save As. Now, you'll see the current name and current location, but you can change the Save as type from Publisher Files by clicking this, and selecting Publisher Template.
When you do that, you'll notice the extension is still to PUB, as in publication. It's the location that's changed. It's taking you to a folder called Templates. This is actually where you'll find your own templates by selecting an option for my templates, which we'll do momentarily. You can keep the same name if you want, NewPostCard4, or change the name at this point. But it will be a template, because of its location. All you have to do now is click Save. Anytime you want to use that template, you'll go to create a new publication by clicking the File tab, then New, and this time, you'll select My Templates.
Here is where you'll find NewPostCard4. When you click Create, you'll start a brand-new publication using your new template. If you want to see if that change has been saved to the template, just go to thumbnail number two here. You'll see the colored text, just the way we want it. Let's close this up without saving, File and then Close. Choose Don't Save. You can even close the one that's open, because you might want to delete templates.
You can do that by going to New > My Templates. You'll see your brand-new template there, NewPostCard4. One option is to right-click, and chooses Delete from here. You can also go to the very top right- hand corner, and click the link to My Templates, which is another option. It opens up Windows Explorer, and takes you directly to that Templates folder on your hard drive. You'll see an alphabetical listing of all kinds of Microsoft Office templates, including the one you created, called NewPostCard4.
Right-click that one, and choose Delete from this menu, and you'll be removing it when you click Yes to confirm. Now when you close this up, you might still see it there. But if you have it selected, and you click Create, you'll see it's just a blank publication. That actual template has been removed permanently. So you're able now to go on to creating your own templates, using existing templates, and making a few tweaks, or even using your own publications, which you want to be able to reuse over and over, maybe making slight adjustments as you go.
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