Choose File>Properties, and on the Summary tab, type an
entry for the Subject and Title. For the Title, specify the Title you want to
appear on the front cover. Since we are creating a template, type something like
Go to File>Properties and fill in
the Title, to remind users to fill this in.
Similarly, for the Subject, type Go to File>Properties and fill in
In the Keywords field type the document's security classification:
usually Public or Restricted or Confidential or whatever. This is a work-around
to a potential problem: the obvious place to put this is the Category field, but this field is not
available in all versions of Word. To avoid problems with conversion, use the
Keywords or Comments field.
Then select the Custom tab on the Properties dialog, and where it says
Name, select Date Completed; where it says Type, select Date; and where it says Value,
type a date in your system date format: 5/4/2002 for the fourth of May in the
USA, 4/5/2002 in the rest of the world. We will want to display it in different
formats throughout the document: and you cannot do that unless Word knows that
it's a date.
We're going to need these items on the front cover and in the headers and footers.
Word reads the driver for the current default printer and offers you the paper sizes the driver installs. It is very difficult to create a template without a printer installed.
If you do not have a printer attached to your computer, install the driver for the printer your documents are going to end up on.
If you do not know what that is, install a Lexmark Optra or Hewlett Packard LaserJet. These printers are large commercial lasers that have all the capabilities you need. If your ultimate output is to a Xerox DocuTech or other industrial output device, install an Apple LaserWriter: many professional output devices use a LaserWriter driver.