Need to write your first user guide but don’t know where to start? Maybe these templates can help. For less than 10 dollars, they’ll save you a lot of time, improve your writing, and help deliver a professional-looking document. What’s not to like about that?

For over twenty years, we’ve written user guides for IBM, the US Dept. of Justice, NEC, and Intel. We’ve also helped people get started in technical documentation. To do this, we’ve created simple to follow user guide templates with checklists, forms, and guidelines. These will help you get started and check the quality of your work when you’re finished. You can use the templates to create other manuals, getting started guides and different types of technical documentation. And, of course, you can modify them to make different kinds of documents. There are no restrictions or limitations on the MS Word documents.

These templates work on MS Word 2003 all the way to the highest version of MS Word and Apple Mac computers. You can even open them in Google Docs. The templates were designed by our partners at Klariti Ltd.

User Guide Templates (5 x MS Word)

Our User Guide templates can be used to create user guides, user manuals, getting started guides and other types of technical documents. A User Guide is an online or printed book that describes how to use a software application.

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Includes the following templates

User Guide Template: Table of Contents

1. Introduction
1.1. Purpose
1.2. Scope
1.3. System Organization

2. Describing the System
2.1. Key Features
2.2. Inventory
2.3. Environment
2.4. System Operations

3. Installing, Starting and Stopping the System
3.1. First-time Users
3.2. Access Control
3.3. Installing the system
3.4. Starting the system
3.5. Stopping and Suspending the system

4. Step by Step Instructions for using the system
4.1. Instructions
4.2. Conventions
4.3. Errors, Malfunctions, and Emergencies
4.4. Messages
4.5. Quick-Reference

5. How to use this template
5.1. How to add your logo to the cover page
5.2. How to add your logo to the header
5.3. Updating the Table of Contents
5.4. Adding Notes
5.5. Adding Warnings
5.6. Adding Comments
5.7. Bullet Lists
5.8. Numbered List
5.9. Adding Code Samples
5.10. Samples Tables

6. Appendix A – Reference Documents
7. Appendix B – Glossary of Terms

User Guide Template: Sample Screenshots


Samples pages on how to use the templates.

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Table of contents of the user guide

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About this Guide section highlights how the document is organized, who should use it, and typographical conventions used in the guide

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Instructions on updating the Table of Contents and adding notes


User Guide Template: Sample Forms

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User Guide Template: Content & Format

All templates are in Microsoft Word format (.doc) and can be download online for only $9.99.

The template pack includes the following documents:

5 x User Guide Templates22 pages eachDownload Word template
1 x Information Product Checklist1 x User Guide Checklist

1 x User Guide Final Check

7 FormsDownload Word template

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