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Subject:templates vs. documents with MS Word From:"peri jstar" <jstar99 -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Mon, 14 Aug 2006 16:41:29 -0500
So, do you all think that using a template for multiple editors of a
document is less of a hassle, or more of a hassle?
I create templates (not in the MS Word definition but as common usage)
for my company and in retrospect, am now wondering why I should bother
to save them as Word templates and create new documents from that Word
template. Many people are not going to bother to make sure the Word
template is on their own machines and we do not have any sort of master
document setup (although we do use Sharepoint).
So far templates have just offered myself the opportunity to confuse my
own documents and so now I am considering just saving the document with
all it's styles and layout, etc., and then locking they styles so no
one else can edit the styles; while keeping a local backup document
(with those styles of course); and letting them all edit the document
Maybe this all sounds so roundabout but I am also just trying to figure
things out :p Anyone have any thoughts? I'd love to hear.
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