Create Professional Documents Quickly with Office Templates

Create Professional Documents Quickly with Office Templates

I want to start this article by asking you to use your imagination. Maybe you’re in your home office, or even working in a corporate office somewhere. One of your coworkers comes up to you asking you to create a business flyer, invoice, company memo, or any other complex document. What do you do? Here are some choices. Will you:

  1. Stammer and mumble something about needing to go to the bathroom.
  2. Just fire up office and go to town designing the document yourself. “Man, what a showoff!”
  3. Totally change the subject and ask them out for drinks after work, hoping they will just forget about the stupid documents.
  4. Snap your fingers and tell them you can indeed create that stupid … uh … I mean document for you . No problem at all.

If you answered B. You can probably stop right here as you don’t need templates. If you answered D, you are in the right place and I’m glad you made it! If you answered either A or C, all I can say to that is, you should never work, eat, or drink with a full bladder, and if you’re buying drinks after work, you should have asked me first. OK already, enough with the funny business. Let’s get to work.

What Are Templates?

An office template is a pre-designed document in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Power Point, that has all of the layout built for you. Let’s pretend you’re creating a resume. When you open one of these templates, you will get the following placeholder text:

Your Name

Address, City, ST ZIP Code | Telephone | Email

The name and address lines are “placeholder text”, meaning that when these are selected and you begin typing your info, the “your name” text gets replaced  with your real name. Not only does it get replaced, but it has formatting and spacing alinement properties already set. When you click these placeholders, or arrow over them, they will be selected for you. Once you type, you will replace them with your info.

Example Templates

The following was collected from the template samplers in Microsoft Office.

Business

Retail sale flyer

Customize this accessible and colorful flyer template to promote your sales event. It prints on one 8.5 x 11 inches page.

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PTA agenda

Plan your PTA meeting with this accessible agenda, listing talking points and times allotted for each.

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Business flyer

Use this accessible business flyer template to announce special events and for direct marketing or creating brand awareness.

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Seasonal event flyer

Let everyone know about your summer event with this color block designed seasonal flyer, which is an accessible template.

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Birthday

Birthday invitation postcards
(2 per page)

Use this cheerful postcard template to invite people to your upcoming birthday celebration. This accessible postcard is 4 x 6 inches.

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Birthday cards

Send birthday cheer with this colorful and accessible greeting card. Two folded with two
4.25 x 5.5 inches cards per page.

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Birthday poster

Use this accessible birthday celebration poster template to spread the word about a work party or personal event.

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Birthday certificate note card

Print a custom birthday gift certificate with this accessible and handy template. Just fill in details and print.

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Label

Floral personal business cards

Use this accessible, floral business card template to create unique professional cards of standard   3-1/2 x 2 inches size.

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Event postcards

Personalize this accessible and handy postcard template to announce an upcoming sale or grand opening event.

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Appointment cards (10 per page)

Keep track of upcoming appointments with this accessible template that contains ten 2 x 3.5 inches appointment cards

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Postcard to job candidates when position is closed (4 per page)

Customize this accessible postcard to send to candidates when the position they have applied for has been closed.

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Accessible Calendar Templates

12-month calendar Any year one-month calendar
1. Use this accessible 12-month calendar template for years to come. Set year and weekday, and the calendar updates automatically.
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Quickly set a basic one-month calendar using this accessible template. Select the year, month, and starting day of the week.
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Select to download 12-Month calendar Select to download Any year one-month calendar
Any year one-month calendar with notes Academic calendar (any year)
3. Select month, year, and starting day of the week in this accessible template to set a quick calendar for the month.
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Use this accessible calendar to keep track of daily schedule. Change the year, starting month and weekend, and add notes.
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Select to download Any year one-month calendar with notes Select to download Academic calendar (any year)
Student calendar (mon) Any year calendar (1 month per tab)
This 12-month, student-focused accessible template has separate tabs for each month. Track assignments and class schedules.
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This accessible calendar can be set to any year and each week can be set to start on either Sunday or Monday.
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Select to download Student calendar (mon) Select to download Any year calendar (1 month per tab)

 

 

Accessible Invoice Templates

Invoice Simple invoice
Give a professional look to invoice with this accessible template. Fill in billing information and invoice details.
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This accessible product sales invoice template will calculate line item totals, sales tax, and deduct any discount offered.
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Select to download Invoice template Select to download Simple invoice template
Billing invoice Invoice with finance charge
This accessible, professional looking billing invoice template automatically calculates totals, making billing easy and fun!
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Use this accessible invoice template to assess a finance charge on unpaid customer balances and calculate totals.
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Select to download Billing invoice template Select to download Invoice with finance charge template
Invoice with finance charge (simple) Sales invoice
Assess a finance charge on prior unpaid balances with this accessible invoice template featuring a clean and simple design.
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This accessible small business invoice template automatically calculates if a discount is applicable to the items being sold.
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Select to download Invoice with finance charge(simple) template Select to download Sales invoice template

Accessible Budget Templates

 
Manage my money  
Use this accessible template to keep track of income, expenses and savings.
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Select to download Manage My Money template  
Simple monthly budget  
Compare your monthly income to your expenses and this accessible template will help you visualize how they stack up.
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Select to download Simple monthly budget template  
Home construction budget  
Track labor and materials against original budget with this accessible home construction budget template.
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Select to download Home construction budget template  

Accessible Calculator Templates

Personal net worth calculator Credit card payoff calculator
Quickly and easily calculate your net worth using this simply elegant template. This is an accessible template.
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This accessible template calculates the number of months required to repay credit card balance and the total interest.
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Select to download Personal net worth calculator Select to download Credit Card Payoff Calculator
Mortgage loan calculator Loan comparison calculator
This accessible template calculates mortgage loan payments using amount, rate, duration, and additional and optional inputs.
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Compare multiple loan scenarios using this accessible template. It contains 3 scenarios that can be customized.
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Select to download Mortgage loan calculator Select to download Loan comparison calculator
His and her weight loss tracker Loan amortization schedule
Use this accessible template to enter starting weight and goal, and then current weight to track weight loss progress.
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Create a loan summary and payment schedule with this accessible loan amortization schedule template.
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Select to download His and her weight loss tracker Select to download Loan amortization schedule

 

 

 

How Do I Get Templates for Office?

The templates listed here can just be downloaded. However, if you’d like to download and search for other templates yourself, either go to templates.office.com, or to this link to get all accessible office templates.

If you are in an office program such as word, excel, or power point, you can search for any template you are interested in from the new tab. You can search for accessible templates, if you want to be sure your template is accessible. You can also browse various categories of templates.

Time for Pretzels and Beer

I’m still waitin’ for someone to buy me a drink after work … anyone? Well, I hope this helps you work smarter, not harder, when you have to get a document done double time. See you later.

Qapla!L

One Comment

  1. Very useful, practical, an interesting. Thank you for this offering.

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