Templates with Style: Upgrading a Basic Microsoft Word Template
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In the spring of 2011, Texas A&M began the process of developing a more advanced version of our Microsoft Word Template. The previous template was basic, with the margins and page numbers pre-set and placeholder text on key pages (title page, table of contents, list of figures, etc.). We received numerous requests from students to include more of Microsoft Word’s functionality, especially the styles and automatic lists. In response to this feedback, we developed a template that incorporated these features and a few more. We piloted the template in the summer of 2011 with a small group of students. After tweaking the templates based on their experiences, we made the template available upon request to any student seeking it for the fall of 2011 and the spring of 2012. These two semesters were successful, and in the summer of 2012, the templates and instructions were made publically available on our website. Response from students has been positive overall. Students have reported that the templates save time and make the process easier because of the automation.