I don't mean to be rude, but...
Instead of telling me HOW to do this stuff or where to find information about it, could someone please instead just give me some templates that already have a bunch of styles for headings, numbering, bullets, etc. already customized nicely?
With the millions of Word users, there have to be some good templates out there. But I can't find any on Google. People have written long instructions and articles about how to do it, and how to understand it correctly. But can you just provide the end result please?? I really don't care if I understand it or not, I just want something that works and that someone has already put in the time to create.
I can't tell if the templates aren't available because people don't want to share their work, or if nobody has actually done it, yet they just like to explain how it can be done. The latter is a common thing i run into in work situations where you are trying to get something done. People talk and talk, yap yap yap, forever like they know everything about everything. But when it comes to actually DOING something, they seem to have a hard time with it.
No offense to anyone here, I love all the advice and help I receive here at DC, so this doesn't really apply here:
I've recently felt compelled to rant against certain forum habits. There are a lot of forums out there, lots of questions being asked, lots of answers being given. But occasionally, we're not necessarily looking for an explanation or an answer, we just want someone to give us the shortcut or the link to the place where the work is already done by someone else and we can just copy it or use it. I know it sounds lazy, but it's really not. It IS the answer.
I absolutely hate when the advice given is..."Just google it". Or even more snarky is when people actually post the google link (with the search words already entered). To me, that's being an a-hole. Fortunately, this doesn't happen here, but everyone knows what I'm talking about!
Actually, this topic came up in a different thread where some people were complaining about the level of chattiness up on the forum.
Although most were careful to qualify their complaints in various ways, what it all came down to was this:
When they asked about something, they didn't want to get into a discussion
- they just wanted an answer
Countering this desire was another group of people that somebody characterized as having a more "academic" approach. For these people, the process and insights
gained by mutually arriving at an answer were, in many cases, more valuable than the answer itself.
It was a classic example of goal oriented
thinking locking horns with process oriented
There was some back and forth on the subject, but no easy resolution seemed to be forthcoming. Here's the link if anybody's interested: http://www.donationc...ex.php?topic=22523.0
It's an important topic. So if anybody has any insights about this that they'd care to share, please
bop on over and add your comments to the mix.
I think I may actually have a idea that could work for both the process and goal oriented constituencies. But I'm still in the process of figuring out how to best present it. (Anybody care to guess which group I'm usually in?
Anyway, I apologize for going semi-off topic. But now that Aram has a ton of template info and examples to chew on, I figured he wouldn't mind.
Or at least not too
- The Creating a Template
article by John McGhie was absolutely superb. He's following the same design approach a savvy Quark or InDesign user would use. I was amazed. I had no idea how extensively Word's formatting capabilities had evolved and improved over the years. One of the best articles I ever read about Word.