How to Use Microsoft's Minutes Template

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How to Use Microsoft's Minutes Template
Use Microsoft's Minutes Template

Taking minutes at a meeting and then compiling the information can be a time-consuming task. However, you don't need to start the process from scratch if you use a free template available for download for Microsoft Office, which can help you streamline the process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Computer with Microsoft Word and Internet connection
  • Draft of meeting minutes

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  1. 1

    Gather the draft of the meeting minutes you took during the meeting.

  2. 2

    Decide if you want an informal, formal or email version for your meeting minutes. Depending on the meeting, some options are more suitable than others. If it was an informal meeting about planning an upcoming event, informal minutes might be better for the group than formal minutes with legal definitions throughout the document.

  3. 3

    Open Microsoft Word and use the online search function to link to the online template area on the Microsoft Office homepage.

  4. 4

    Find meeting minute templates by locating "Minutes" under the "Template Category" section.

  5. 5

    Download a template of your liking from Microsoft's Template area into Microsoft Word. Most templates available work with version 97 to current versions. Make sure to save the document to your computer before inserting your information.

  6. 6

    Follow the instructions on the template to insert your information into the document. Save the document again when complete.

  7. 7

    Distribute the minutes to those in attendance. Many times minutes for a more formal meeting don't become official until after those in attendance have voted upon them and deemed them official. Follow your organization's rules to ensure that you process the meeting minutes correctly.

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