3 Excellent Sites to Get Free Document Templates
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Once in a while, we all need a specific document. It may be a business plan The Best Business Plan Templates The Best Business Plan Templates Every business needs a plan. These templates will make writing your business plan easy. A clever structure, guiding questions, and a smart design will give you a head-start into your new career. Read More , presentation, rental contract 15 Rental Templates for When You're Subletting Your Place 15 Rental Templates for When You're Subletting Your Place Whether you want to rent a single room or sublet your space, make sure that you have a written agreement. Here are 15 templates to help you through the process, from application to agreement to... Read More , non-disclosure agreement, or even a name change request form. Rather than creating the document from scratch, however, you’ll want to start with a blank template that you can customize.

In most cases, searching Google will find what you need. This search, however, can be both time consuming and frustrating. Why not start with a dedicated template resource right away?

Here we present 5 excellent sites that offer the professional document or form template you need for free.

1. TidyForm

Formats: Microsoft Office and PDF

With over twenty thousand documents in almost three thousand categories, TidyForm — previously TidyForms — is one of the biggest document template repositories on the web. And all forms and templates are free to download. Whatever you’re looking for, whether it’s a professional resume template, an Excel spreadsheet template, or a project management template 10+ Useful Excel Templates for Project Management & Tracking 10+ Useful Excel Templates for Project Management & Tracking Templates are to project managers what knives are to professional chefs: indispensable. We show you how you can replicate successful projects by using ready-made templates in Microsoft Excel and beyond. Read More , you’ll find it here.

You can search TidyForm for what you need straight from the start page. Alternatively, you can browse by the major categories (Business, Education, Finance, Legal, Life, and Miscellaneous) or go through the most popular sub-categories linked to from the start page.

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You can preview each template by clicking on its thumbnail or View Details for a bigger screenshot, download links, and related downloads. Under View Details, you can either Download the document or click Email me to have it mailed to you. In both cases, you have to enter a CAPTCHA to unlock the download.

2. Vertex42

Formats: mainly Excel, but also Word, OpenOffice.org, and Google Sheets

Vertex42 is the leading resource for free Excel spreadsheet templates How to Make Your Project a Success with Excel Templates How to Make Your Project a Success with Excel Templates Excel templates are an essential tool in the portfolio of an effective project manager. Even in the smallest project, templates can make your life easier and save significant time. We have compiled a selection. Read More . You’ll also find a small selection of resumes and letters in Word format and calendars in PDF format.

Use the search bar in the top right if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Otherwise, start from one of the major categories in the menu or the more granular template categories in the right-hand sidebar.

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Each template comes with a screenshot, a detailed description, and a license. Most templates are free for private use and available in multiple document file types.

Should you ever run into issues with Vertex42, try Sheets123, which appears to be Vertex42 clone. The site’s organization is almost identical, but the selection of templates may differ slightly.

3. Office.com Templates

Formats: Word, Excel, PowerPoint

This list wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t mention Microsoft’s official resource for Office templates.

In case you didn’t know, Microsoft Office comes pre-loaded with a huge selection of templates. Whenever you open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint (or when you go to File > New), you can create a blank document or start with a template that came with your Office suite. In addition, you can search and download thousands of templates from Microsoft’s online repository.

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If you don’t have Microsoft’s Office suite installed, you can search those same templates from templates.office.com. At the website, type your keyword into the search bar in the top right or scroll to the bottom of the page to browse by category. Once you’ve landed on a category page, you can also browse categories from the left-hand sidebar.

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Click on a template’s thumbnail to see a brief description, similar templates, and links to Download or Edit in Browser. The latter will launch Office Online.

4. SlideHunter

Formats: PowerPoint

SlideHunter features PowerPoint templates only The Best Free PowerPoint Templates for Your Project Presentation The Best Free PowerPoint Templates for Your Project Presentation How you present your project is at least as important as what you present because what your audience will remember is how you made them feel. Wow them with professional PowerPoint templates for project management. Read More . You can download free shapes, diagrams, slides, 3D designs, and charts. All templates come with a Creative Commons license What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? What Is Creative Commons, And Should You Use It? Creative Commons is a set of licenses which automatically give you permission to do various things, such as reuse and distribute the content. Let's find out more about it and how to use it. Read More that allows you to share and adapt the material as you like, even commercially.

Search the site by keywords or narrow down by using one of the categories in the right-hand sidebar. You can also refer to the Popular Topics word cloud to discover what you need.

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When you see a thumbnail you like, click on View to see a full description, potentially further screenshots, and the Download link. A few templates are hosted externally by Presenter Media (free) or SlideModel (paid), meaning they may also come in different formats, such as Keynote with the former. To further expand your search, you might also want to visit those sites directly.

5. Project Management Docs

Formats: Microsoft Office

Start here whenever you need a professional project template How to Manage Your Project with Word Templates How to Manage Your Project with Word Templates In project management, preparation is half the battle. To organize and document your project, you may need many different reports, forms or plans. We have compiled a selection of Word templates to get you started. Read More . Certified and experienced project managers have designed all templates at Project Management Docs. This means you can’t go wrong. You can, however, customize each template to your needs.

Conveniently, you can browse templates by process group, i.e. initiating, planning, executing, controlling, closing, project documents, and Agile. You’ll also see a list of the most popular templates on the right-hand side and a search bar in the top right-hand corner.

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Every process group features a small number of templates with a brief description for each. Unfortunately, you won’t find a document preview. When you visit a template site, however, you’ll see an outline of the document with detailed explanations and examples of what each section should cover. You’ll find that the templates here are actually small project management tutorials How to Organize Any Project with a Work Breakdown Structure How to Organize Any Project with a Work Breakdown Structure A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Every complex project consists of multiple components. The Work Breakdown Structure can help you identify all the steps and put them into sequence. Read More . Click on the black Download Template button right below the template rating to obtain a copy of the document.

If you need to prepare a project timeline or Gantt chart, try the free templates at Office Timeline.

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Between the templates that come with your Office suite How to Create Stunning Flowcharts With Microsoft Word How to Create Stunning Flowcharts With Microsoft Word Used with imagination, flowcharts can simplify both your work or life. Why not try out a few flowcharts with one of the easiest tools on hand – Microsoft Word. Read More and these online resources, you should have everything you need to meet every document demand in your life.

And if you ever can’t find exactly what you need, here’s how to create a custom Excel template How to Quickly Create a Custom Excel Template to Save Time How to Quickly Create a Custom Excel Template to Save Time Excel templates are universally useful — they can help you keep your finances in order, manage a project, and organize your life. We show you how to create your own custom template. Read More or a custom PDF template to plan anything Create Your Custom PDF Template for Planning Anything Create Your Custom PDF Template for Planning Anything Templates are vital time-saving devices you can use for almost any situation in life. When the special situation comes, can you make your own template? It is easy. We show you how. Read More .

Where did you find the last document template you downloaded? If you know of a great resource we missed above, please share it in the comments!

Originally written by Aibek Esengulov on November 6, 2007.

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    March 18, 2016 at 10:29 am

    west of my time

  2. sfsf
    January 28, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Useless! All links are bad.

  3. joe
    December 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    items 1 and 2 are no longer available. the third is a paid service now

  4. Small Business Help
    February 4, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Yeah these three sites have saved me a ton of time. The days of creating documents from scratch are over!

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  7. Jim Cochran
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  9. Business Card Translation
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    Docshare isn't bad but there are many to choose from.

  10. Frankie
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    Another site that is up and coming and I like using it better is docshare.com it is more user friendly and is easier to use.

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  12. paid directory
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    this is really good for start up businesses or even to update you exisiting business and put a better system in place.

  13. Clark15881
    May 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Another great document site is freebusinessformsandtemplates.com

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  18. Jim
    September 12, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    You can also try anydocs.co.uk for free UK Document templates. Legal documents, business documents, rental and tenancy agreements etc are all available for free

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    esnips.com is also a site worth checking out..

  20. Business Card Translation
    July 13, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Scribd was letting backlinks into pages, but does not allow it anymore. Since January of 2008 they changed their policy. Their sites works great and does an outstanding job uploading and translating documents from various formats. I am going to have to experiment a little with the other two.

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    Docstoc is really cool.

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  23. Annemarie
    February 3, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I've found the documents at free-legal-document.com most useful - well constructed, written in plain English and easy to edit.

  24. grace
    January 21, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Gazhoo will be interesting to watch over time as it is the newest of the 3 sites. They have come up with a business model that makes sense for users; financial incentive to sellers; access to quality documents for cheap for buyers. One user seems to have made $1,500 selling documents so far. This is the start of something.

  25. Tate Linden
    January 19, 2008 at 7:37 am

    This stuff is gold for small businesses. Many thanks for posting

  26. Janice DeBard
    January 4, 2008 at 5:02 am

    I'm going to use this information. Thanks.

  27. Manoj Ranaweera
    November 24, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    Great article. We decided to concentrate on post production interactivity. Therefore the output of all documents in http://www.edocr.com is pdfs. Whilst we do have consumer oriented documents, our focus is on servicing businesses. Best regards Manoj

  28. franco
    November 13, 2007 at 4:58 am

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    November 12, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    http://searchdocs.net
    Here you can find more resources and a global search engine.

  30. Tyler
    November 11, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    Nice post. I personally like Scribd the most out of the three.

  31. Israel J Pattison
    November 11, 2007 at 7:00 am

    None of these sites had any templates for iWork (Pages, Keynote, Numbers) as far as I could see. Pretty useless then.

    • Aibek
      November 11, 2007 at 8:49 am

      Well, most of the windows folks still use Powerpoint, Word and Excel. On top of that OpenOffice supports them as well.

  32. Agilius
    November 11, 2007 at 1:12 am

    Thanks for sharing. I only knew about Scrib. Now I can upload on more sources yey! I wonder if I can save PSD ( photoshop format ) there. Anyway, grate post!

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  34. Nature Wallpaper
    November 10, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    I have use scribd, it's nice for general documents, but I prefer to design my own ;)

  35. grace
    November 7, 2007 at 7:23 am

    Docstoc is a rip-off of Scribd. Gazhoo is a little different in that it's a marketplace where uploaders are selling their documents.

    • Aibek
      November 7, 2007 at 5:27 pm

      Scribd and Docstoc are similar services but each serves different needs. Scribd is more like Youtube for text files, it's designed towards community. Docstoc on the other hand is just a resource for professional documents.