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Create document templates



Creating the same types of files over and over can be time-consuming and inconsistent across team members. Save time with templates in Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, or Sites. You can choose an existing template or create your own.


  • Create eye-catching resumes, brochures, or newsletters instantly using Docs.
  • Get an instant format for invoices, budgets, expense reports, or schedules in Sheets.
  • Make your sales pitch, case study, proposal, or status report stand out with a Slides presentation.
  • Promote your organization by creating branded templates for external-facing documents, such as proposals and reports, using any of the Docs editors.
  • Add signatures to an agreement, flowcharts to a process document, import metrics into a spreadsheet, and more with add-ons.

Use an existing template""

Choose an option:

  • From the Docs, Sheets, SlidesForms, or Sites home screen, at the top, select one of the featured templates. Click Template gallery to see additional templates.
    Note: If you can't find Template gallery, go to Display or hide Template gallery.
  • If you already have a file open in one of the Docs editors, click Fileand thenNewand thenFrom template and select the template you want.
  • From Drive, click New and next to Google Docs, Sheets, SlidesForms, or Sites point to the Right arrow "" and click From a template.

Create your own template""

You can use this feature only if your organization supports it. For help, contact your administrator. 
  1. Choose an option:
    • Create a new document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, or site.
    • Open an existing document, spreadsheet, presentation, form, or site and make the changes you want for your template.
    Note: If your template file is in a shared drive, check the sharing settings on the shared drive. Sharing restrictions can prevent people from accessing the template. See Share and collaborate in shared drives.
  2. From the Docs, Sheets, SlidesForms, or Sites home screen, at the top, click Template galleryand thenyour organization name.
    Note: If you can't find Template gallery, go to Display or hide Template gallery.
  3. Click Submit template.
    Important: You won't be able to submit a template if you do not have permission to modify the sharing settings of your template, or if the template sharing settings have been set to restrict viewers and commenters from downloading the file.
  4. Click Select a document and choose the template file you created.
  5. Click Open.
  6. (Optional) To submit a copy of the file instead of the original, check the box.
  7. Select a category for your file.
  8. Click Submit.

    To find your new template, go to Template galleryand thenselect your template.

Display or hide Template gallery""

  1. Open Docs, Sheets, SlidesForms or Sites.
  2. At the top, click Menu ""and thenSettings.
  3. Check the Display recent templates on home screens box and click OK.
  4. If you hide Template gallery, you can still get to the templates, if needed. At the bottom of Docs, Sheets, SlidesForms, or Sites, point to New "" and click Choose template "" to open the gallery.
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