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The difference between Text Oriented and Page Layout templates

It is vital that the difference between Text Oriented and Page Layout templates is clear in your mind.

Text Oriented

The Text Oriented templates are designed to act like page-oriented word processors. When you select a Text Oriented template, you will create a template with one or more frames. The first frame is distinctly tied to the paper size of your document. When you increase or decrease the paper size or change the margins, the frame size is automatically adjusted. You are not able to move this frame around on the page and you cannot delete this frame. If you need to adjust the size or position of this frame, you must adjust the margins. On top of the first frame, you can, of course, add additional frames. These frames can contain pictures, text or whatever you want. These new frames can be moved, re-sized and deleted to suit your needs. If you want it, KWord will even wrap the text from the first frame around any information in any subsequent frames.

Page Layout

These templates are designed for desktop publishing. When you select a template from this class, all of the frames are created equal. This is where the difference between Page Layout and Text Oriented template lies. None of the frames in a Page Layout template are tied to the page as tightly as the main frame in a Text Oriented template is. Each of the frames is independent of the page size, and can be moved or re-sized without changing margins, etc. Of course this also means that altering the margins or paper size of your document requires that you individually move/resize each frame.


In addition to not having a main text frame, Page Layout documents cannot use the automatic headers or footers (though these can be added in as frames). Additionally, footnotes must be managed by hand while in Page Layout Mode.

As you can see, the choice between Page Layout and Text Oriented templates is a choice between flexibility (Page Layout) and convenience (Text Oriented). You can create any document you like with either type of template.

If the concept of templates is still unclear, please follow along with the following tutorial. The first document you create will use a Page Layout template. This should help clarify exactly how templates function.

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