How to Make an Article Template with Microsoft Word

by eHow Contributor

Sometimes you need a place to create your articles offline. There is nothing worse than working hard on an article, clicking "Publish" and having all your hard work vanish. Create an article template in Microsoft Word for a place to work on your articles safely. When you're done, just copy and paste.

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Open Microsoft Word.

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Select "Insert" from the "Table" menu. Then select "Table." The Insert Table dialog is displayed.

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Configure the table. If you want to write an article with 10 steps, enter "10" in the Row box and "2" in the Columns box. Select the "Autofit to Contents" radio button. This will make the rows shrink or expand automatically according to how much text you put in them. Click "OK."

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Size the table. A small table will appear in the upper left corner of the screen. Click on the table. Notice the little squares that appear in the corners. Click, hold and drag the bottom square to adjust the size of the table. It should fill the page with room for the margins.

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Size the columns: Move your cursor to the line between the columns. A little symbol will appear when you mouse over the line. It looks like two parallel lines with little arrows on each side pointing to the right and left. Click, hold and drag the line to the left to make the first column narrow and the second column wide.

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Size the top row: Decrease the size of the bottom line of the first row. You only need this row to put your title in, so it doesn't need to be big.

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Label the cells. In the top row, type the "Title" in the left column and "How to" in the right column. Next, insert in the left column in each of the cells "Intro," "Step 1," "Step 2," "Step 3," continuing as per the number of steps.

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Save your template. From the "File" menu, select "Save as." Choose where you want to save the file on your computer. Enter "eHow Articles" in the "File Name" box. Under "Save as Type," select "Document Template" from the pull down menu. You now have a template you can use for all of your eHow articles. Just open the template, write your article and save the article as a Word document. Just copy and paste from your Word document to eHow.

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