How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature

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    Stationery Pad is a handy way to nix a step in your workflow if you regularly use document templates on your Mac. The long-standing Finder feature essentially tells a file's parent application to open a copy of it by default, ensuring that the original file remains unedited.

    Stationery Pad doesn't get much attention these days, but it's a neat alternative to repeatedly editing templates and using the "Save As..." command, which can lead to overwriting the original file if you're not too careful.

    Almost any file type can be defined as a template with Stationery Pad - it could be used to streamline common Photoshop jobs, create skeleton HTML/CSS files, or help with Word document invoicing. To make use of Stationery Pad, create the file you want to use as a template, then follow the steps below.


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    Article Link: How to Create File Templates on Your Mac With Finder's Stationery Pad Feature
     
  2. Pupi macrumors regular

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    Cool tip, thanks. Mac is such a beast. I can’t even imagine how it would be by now if they kept developing the power-user side of it, instead of making it more and more like an iPad.
     
  3. LiveM macrumors 6502a

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    This is a great tip, just what I need instead of opening old client reports and creating a duplicate for the next one.
     
  4. Starfia macrumors 6502

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    Whoa!!

    I've been a programming-enthusiast Mac user since well before the dawn of OS X and I never truly noticed that check box. That was one truly rare high-value meeting of article and reader.
     
  5. star-affinity macrumors 6502a

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    It's a something that's been there for ages (even before OS X if I remember correctly) but I guess it's a feature most aren't aware of – I don't ever use it myself, even tough it might be a good idea sometimes. :)
     
  6. twistedpixel8 macrumors regular

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    Pretty useful. I tend to use the same grid template file in Photoshop for most of my web designs so this will save me from accidentally overwriting the template!
     
  7. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    Definitely before OS X.

    Possibly before System 7, but definitely added in some 7.x version. One of the interesting long-standing Mac features.
     
  8. rturner2 macrumors 6502a

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    And here I thought the macrumors readers were smarter than the average ;) haha
     
  9. FlyersPh9 macrumors newbie

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    This is awesome, I will definitely use this!

    What if I create a stationary pad file in a cloud like Dropbox and share the file with a Windows user? Can they open it? Is it still a non-overwritable template file for Windows users?
     
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    The original concept is actually a relic of the Lisa. The original idea behind the Lisa was that users would create files by tearing off the appropriate type of Stationery (Word processing, spreadsheet, drawing) and then start editing it. None of this "launching apps" business like today.

    The ability to designate any file as a Stationery Pad, though, was a System 7 feature, I'm pretty sure.
     
  11. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    It probably opens as a regular file to them.

    Most likely not, no. This is a Mac-specific feature.
     
  12. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

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    I always wondered what that did. Very useful feature.
     
  13. lec0rsaire macrumors 6502a

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    I can honestly say I would’ve never known about this. I spent nearly my entire life with Windows and it’s fun to discover little things this OS can do.
     
  14. ignatius345, May 9, 2018
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    Is "red traffic light button" really what we're calling the close window button now?
     
  15. Serge88 macrumors member

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    A bug ?

    It doesn't work if I put the template on the docker and click on the icon, it open the template, remove the Stationary pad and save on the original file. :(

    Serge
     
  16. MichaelQ macrumors newbie

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    Never heard of this and already it's one of my favourite Mac things.
     
  17. MacBH928 macrumors 68030

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    Astonishing that I have been using OS X for 15 years+ and never noticed or knew about this although I use the "Get Info" panel a lot. Sometimes I feel software creators hurt themselves by not featuring what their software is capable off.

    Another tip is that your mac can read articles for you if you highlight it and click alt+esc, how many people know about this.
     
  18. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

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    I believe it used to be a relatively popular way of describing the close button, but I haven't heard it being used for quite some years now.
     
  19. loby macrumors 6502a

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    I have been opening docs and “save as” daily and sometimes over-riding a file when making changes. Never seen or noticed this option. This is Great!!!! Wish I knew this years back.

    I need to read a manual or something on MacOS to discover more handy options that I don't currently know..

    Learn something new every day!

    Thanks for the tip!
     
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    Whoever came up with the idea to write these "how to" Mac articles starting a few months ago or so is a genius!
    So many cool tips I've learned that otherwise never knew about. :)
     
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