Scanning A Document And Using It As A Word Template

by on January 28, 2008

Q: I would like to know what I would have to do in order to scan a document into word and save it as a template so I can use it over and over again.

A: I agree with you that it is a fantastic idea to scan a document directly into word and save it as a template for repeatedly using it in future. In fact, it is fairly simple to do that.

For scanning a document directly into word follow the below mentioned simple steps:

  1. Open up a New Word Document from the Template on my computer.
  2. Use a hard page return to (Ctrl+Enter) for creating a new page.

Now, at the top of this new page, click Insert -> Picture -> From Scanner/Digital Camera.

In case you have more than one scanner/Twain compatible device, you will need to select the appropriate one.

The following is the procedure to save the above document as a template:

  1. Click at the File menu and select Save option.
  2. Give your template a name, which is easily recognizable, in the File Name box.
  3. For Save as type, select Document Templates (*.dot).
  4. The Word processor will automatically open the default location for saving the Templates. Usually it is ……\Application\Data\Microsoft\Templates). You may choose to save the template in any other location as well but then it would not appear in the template dialog box. For it to appear in the template dialog box it is necessary that it be saved in the default location only.
  5. Click Save.

Now your scanned document has been saved as a word template.

You can now concentrate solely on the content of the document and forget about the formatting part, as it will be taken care by the template.

Take care!