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Templates can help when sending standard or otherwise common responses in an e-mail.


  1. Microsoft has instructions for creating message templates and using message templates in Outlook (the desktop client).
  2. Once created, the template files can be stored in a shared location (say, the Lincoln file server) or distributed to each person needing them. To do this, the creator can go to C:\Users\[yourusername]\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates\ and copy the relevant .OFT files, then
    • Copy and paste them into a shared location
    • Send them to others, who can save the file(s) to their computers

As an alternative to using the Outlook template menu for creating a new message, you can open (directly or via a shortcut) the .OFT file and click Send after entering the recipient information.

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