Downloading the Lab Report Template as a template

You only need to download the Lab Report Template once. When you go to write a lab report, you create a new document thatís based on it. Answering the prompts puts vital information where it needs to be. The sections that you need to complete for your report are labeled, with links to the corresponding section in the Lab Report Format.

  1. Click on the link above.
  2. Depending on how your browser is set up, you may be given a choice of opening the file or saving it to your computer. You want to save this file to the disk instead of opening it. If you can save it directly, go to step 5.
  3. If it automatically opens the file, you have to agree that this is a trustworthy source, Word opens the file Lab Report Template.dot for editing. (Something you don't want to do.)
  4. On the File menu, click Save As.
  5. Keep the default File name of Lab Report Template (unless you feel that something like Junior or Ariel is more appropriate) and the default file type of Document Template (*.dot).

In some versions Microsoft Office switches you to the Templates folder so that your template can live there. For Mac users, you definitely want to do this.

  1. Click Save, and then click OK.

Creating a Lab Report document from the template

You shouldnít have to download this file again until next quarter. In Windows, to start writing your lab report, just double click on the template icon, wherever you have it stored. Word should start up with a series of prompts for a document file with a default name of Documentn where n is a number. You may get a warning that the file contains macros. Your security setting in Word must be set on medium or low so that these macros can be run. Some of the macros are used in grading, so ignoring the macros is not an option.

Whatever you do, do not edit the template file!

If your template file is in the Templates folder, you can start your report by following these steps:

1.      On the File menu, click New. Thisíll open the New Document task pane over on the right.

2.      In the New Document task pane, under Templates, click On my computer.

3.      In the Templates dialog box that pops up, scroll down through the templates on the General tab and locate your template, and then click it. Click OK.

A new document opens up with the prompts and the proper formatting.