Associating a spreadsheet with a different template

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At times you might want to associate a spreadsheet with a different template, or perhaps you’re working with a spreadsheet that did not start from a template but you now want it associated with a template.

One of the major advantages of using templates is the ease of updating styles in more than one document. If you update styles by copying them from a different template, the document has no association with the template from which the styles were loaded—so you cannot use this method. What you need to do is associate the document with the different template.

For best results, the names of styles should be the same in the existing document and the new template. If they are not, you will need to use Search and Replace to replace the old styles with new ones. See Entering, Editing, and Formatting Data for more about replacing styles using Find and Replace.

  1. Use File > New > Templates and Documents. Choose the template you want. A new file, based on the template, opens. If the template has unwanted text or graphics in it, delete them.
  2. Open the spreadsheet you want to change. (It opens in a new window.) Press Control+A to select everything in the spreadsheet.
  3. Switch to the window containing the blank spreadsheet created in step 1, and paste the content into that spreadsheet.
  4. Save the file under a new name.

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