Note that you can and should customise the heck out of Word. Bend it to your will: crush its spirit if you have to, but let it know who's in charge :-)
You should rip almost all the rubbish off the Standard and Formatting toolbars and replace it with things you actually use.
You will need a series of little macros to do things like hammer your bullets and numbering formats into shape and apply styles you use regularly.
You should ensure that all your regularly-used logos and other graphics are stored as AutoText so you can get at them quickly whenever you need them. Don't go overboard with adding AutoText or your template will get huge and start gobbling Word resources.
Scout around this website for information on the above topics.
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