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Creating Custom Letterhead

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If you use Microsoft Word to write letters frequently, it can be useful to create Letterhead in Microsoft Word. The type of Letterhead that you can create in Word will be a template, so each of your letters will have your heading, footer, and other settings that you can set.

This How-To Article walks you through the steps of creating Letterhead in Microsoft Word.

Creating Custom Letterhead

1. Open Microsoft Word and create a new document.

2. Make the Header and Footer visible. (Click the View menu and select "Header and Footer" from the menu that appears.)

3. Format the text as you would like for first the header.

4. Once you are done formatting what you want the header of the letterhead to look like, scroll down to the bottom of your document.

5. Click the box that says: "Footer" and type your footer text for your letterhead.

6. Once you complete your letterhead, you will need to save it as a Microsoft Word Template. Click the File menu and select Save As... from the menu that appears.

7. From the "Save as type:" drop-down menu, select "Document Template".

Note: Do not change the directory that the Save As... window puts you in when you select "Document Template". The directory it chooses is necessary to save as a Template.

8. Enter a filename for your letterhead.

9. Click the "Save" button.

Using Your Letterhead

1. To use your letterhead, click the Start button, and click "New Office Document" from the Start Menu.

2. Click your letterhead filename, and click the OK button.

3. Your letterhead will now open and you can type your letter.

4. When you save your letter, Word treats your document as a new document, so it will not overwrite your original template.

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