Microsoft Office 2007 Design Families

Martin Brinkmann
May 15, 2008
Updated • Feb 24, 2013
Microsoft, Microsoft Office

Microsoft's Small Business Center is offering six free design families for Microsoft Office 2007 that can be downloaded directly from the promotional website. A design family is simply a collection of several templates for different Office 2007 applications that have all the same look and feel to them.

I have to agree with Ryan from Cybernet News that Microsoft Office was missing templates that tie together the different applications. The six design families each contain a spreadsheet, presentation, invoice, letterhead, business card and newsletter blast templates.

That's not all however. The color of each design family can be selected from nine available ones including Azure, Sage and Rust. This means that a total of 6x9 design families are available for download at the Microsoft website.

You're sharp. Look just as sharp.

Your business will look more professional than ever with these new matching template sets for Microsoft Office 2007. Everything from your presentations to your invoices will look, sharp, consistent and professional. Just pick the design and color that bests suits your business and hit the download button.

As I said earlier the templates can be downloaded directly, there is no verification in place yet. If you have never worked with templates before you can take a look at the Microsoft Knowledgebase article that explains template usage in Office 2007.

The website is still up and available, and nothing seems to have changed in recent years. It is still only providing the templates for Microsoft Office 2007, and the number of different templates or colors has not changed at all. Still, if you are using Office 2007 and want additional free templates for the system, then this is a great start to increase the available ones.

Microsoft Office looks in the following locations for templates:

  1. The user template file location
  2. The workgroup templates file location
  3. The advertised and installed templates file location
  4. The non-file based templates file location.

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