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Document vs. Template Solutions

When you design a solution around a Word document or Excel workbook, you must decide the best way to make that document available to your users.

Applies to: The information in this topic applies to document-level projects for the following applications: Excel 2007 and Excel 2010; Word 2007 and Word 2010. For more information, see Features Available by Office Application and Project Type.

In some situations, you might want to give a copy of a document to each user. In this case, create your solution by using an Excel or Word document project.

In other situations you might want to make a template available on a server, so that each user can open the template and save a local copy as a document. In this case, create your solution by using an Excel or Word template project.

The following table outlines the differences between documents and templates.

Documents

Templates

Users can open and modify a document, unless it is set to be read-only. Any saved changes are kept in the original.

Users can open a template to create a local copy as a new document. They cannot modify the original unless they are given special permissions.

When opened, the document raises the Open event.

When opened, the template raises the New event.

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