Templates can be set up to ensure documents are always presented with the text, format and layout required and approved by your practice. Templates are available for different types of document types, such as standard letters in Word, or standard images and text in Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations and also for PDFs. This improves productivity and quality controls with standardised content that can only be maintained by administrators. Refer also to Creating Documents from Templates and Stationery.
For Word documents, you can also set up Templates which are used as Stationery. This holds the information that is used in documents such as letters and commonly adds anything at the top and the bottom of the document. It is used to add any headers, footers, date, addressee, address, reference number, and also the sign-off and sender details.
Templates and Word Stationery can only be set up and maintained by an FYI administrator, or by a user who is in a User Group that has Administer Templates enabled (refer to Managing User Groups).
You can create Templates in FYI in the following ways:
- Create Templates directly in FYI in the same was as you would create Word, Spreadsheet or Presentation documents in FYI.
- Create or locate existing Word, Excel or PowerPoint files outside of FYI. Then copy and paste all or part of the images and text from these into the Template that you create in FYI. You can make any modifications directly in FYI.
- Drag and drop an existing Word, Excel or PowerPoint or PDF file onto the Knowledge - Templates list to import the file.
- When creating PDF Templates, you can choose the existing PDF file from Windows Explorer or drag it onto the drawer.
You can incorporate Merge Fields within Templates and Stationery used for Word documents. Merge fields can also be used in Templates for Spreadsheets. Merge Fields bring in content such as Client details, information about the user creating the document. Refer below to Merge Fields and to Including Merge Fields in Word Templates and Stationery.
This article is an overview of the FYI Templates, Stationery and Merge Fields for documents. It uses an example of setting up a Word Template and Stationery with Merge Fields. It is important to understand the relationship between Templates, Stationery and Merge Fields and how they are used in combination in FYI and how they can be best utilised within your practice.
- Templates can be set up for Word documents, Spreadsheets, Presentations and PDFs.
- Stationery can be set up for Word documents.
Stationery is created in the same way as a template and by flagging it as Stationery.
- Merge Fields can be included in Templates for Word and Spreadsheets and in Word Stationery.
Templates hold the standard text for the body of documents.
- For a Word document, the Template would commonly hold the text in the middle of the Word document, for example, for a letter, an engagement letter or notice of tax assessment (see also Word Stationery below).
- For Spreadsheet, the Template could hold any images, text, pre-set formatting or formulas, for example, a checklist that you send to your clients.
- For a Presentation document, the Template could be the standard layout you use for PowerPoint presentations with your logo and to set any formatting such as fonts.
- For a PDF document, the Template can hold images, text and editable fields. When creating PDF documents in FYI, a Template must be selected.
When creating a Word document in FYI, users can select a Stationery as well as a Template.
The Stationery holds the information that is used in documents such as letters and commonly adds anything at the top and the bottom of the document. It is used to add any headers, footers, date, addressee, address, reference number, and also the sign-off and sender details.
You may need more than one format for Stationery, for example:
- A format where the letterhead includes the header and footer with the company logo, company address etc. so these are added for a letter that is emailed.
- A format that has no letterhead and with the layout ready to be printed on pre-printed stationery for a letter that is printed and sent out.
Benefits of Separating Templates and Stationery for Word
By defining the elements included in Templates and Stationery separately (with the common information in Stationery and the text for the body of the Word documents in Templates) this offers not only ease of use but also flexibility.
For Word documents, it allows you to have potentially just two Stationery documents for letters (one for sending via email and one for printing on pre-printed letterhead). There will then be a number of Templates that hold the standard text for the body of the letters.
The main benefit is when you want to make changes to how standard letters are produced. It is very clear if changes are needed to the Stationery (for common, repeated elements) or to the Templates (for specific text). For example, if you decide in the future you want to add a reference number to all letters, you could add this just to the Stationery instead of having to update many Template documents.
For a multi-disciplinary practice (for example, which includes financial planning along with accounting practice) you can simply set up different Stationery that includes any licence requirements for financial planning and specific disclaimers. By clearly naming the FYI Word Stationery, users can easily identify which letterhead they need to use.
Using Office Functionality for Document Templates and Stationery
When creating or editing document Templates, and Stationery for Word, you can use the features of Office. For example for Word you can use functions such as formatting, margins, adding text and images to headers and footers with different headers/footers for the first and subsequent pages.
Templates and Stationery are created and edited in the same way as creating any other Word, Spreadsheet or Presentation document in FYI.
You may have Office documents already set up for the layouts and text and these can be copied and pasted into the FYI Templates or Word Stationery. You can also drag and drop existing Office documents to import these directly as Templates or Word Stationery.
Note: If you need to incorporate Merge Fields and Bookmarks in a Word Template or Stationery this needs to be done via Word desktop and then copied and pasted into the FYI Template or Stationery.
Adding the Body Bookmark to Word Stationery
Users would commonly create Word documents where both an FYI Stationery and an FYI Template is selected.
The Word Stationery must include a Word bookmark with the name Body to indicate where to include the text and any merge codes from the Template. If the Stationery is used without a Template, the bookmark has no effect.
You can incorporate Merge Fields within Templates and Stationery used for Word documents. Merge fields can also be used in Templates for Spreadsheets. Refer to Including Merge Fields in Word Templates and Stationery.
Merge Fields are used to bring in the following content:
- Client information from Xero Practice Manager - for example, First Name and Last Name of the addressee, and the Postal Address.
Information such as the client's Contact Name, Addressee, Salutation is retrieved from Xero Practice Manager for the primary contact of the client, as displayed on the Client - Summary tab (refer to Client Summary).
- User information from Xero Practice Manager - for example, the Author Name, Author Phone.
- Information from FYI - for example, the Role of the Author, a unique Reference Number for the FYI document and the date the document was created.
- Results from a Word function - for example, "today's date" automatically generated.
- If you have set up Custom Fields in your Xero Practice Manager, you can include Merge Fields for these in Templates and Stationery.
When Merge Fields are added to the Word Template or Stationery, they are added in a specific format, for example, «ContactName» for the Contact Name, or «PostalAddress» for the address.
For a list of the Merge Fields, download the FYI Merge Fields.docx document at the bottom of this help article.
Example of Word Templates and Stationery and Using Merge Fields
The following examples demonstrate how you can structure Templates and Stationery for Word document, how these are combined and how the Merge Fields and Word Body bookmark are added.
Stationery with Letterhead (for emailing)
Note: These examples show the Date added as the FYI Merge Field Created Date which adds the current 'today's date' when a document created from the template/stationery and this original creation date is retained whenever the document is opened or downloaded. Refer also to Today's Date in Including Merge Fields in Word Templates and Stationery.
Stationery without Letterhead (for printing on pre-printed letterhead)
Explanations of the Example Stationery Structures
The following includes explanations in red for some of the different components that can be included in the Stationery.
Example of a Word Document for Templates
The following example of a Template holds only text. If you wish to, Templates can include Merge Fields or the signature text but we recommend these are included in the Stationery.
Example of Creating the Document
When creating the document in FYI, the Stationery and Template are selected.
The following shows how the examples above for Stationery and Template are brought together, in this example using the Stationery with letterhead. In the example, the additional information is then entered as relevant for the letter being created and any other changes if needed, and the Word document saved and filed in FYI.
For information on how users can insert their digital signature into a Word document, refer to Inserting your Signature into a Document.