Making use of the many Google Drive templates or loading your own business or personal docs as a template for regular use can really save you time in Google Docs.

To start using templates, log in to your Google Apps account and either visit the url drive.google.com/templates or select Create > From template… from your Google Docs or Google Drive list.

Tip Update: From template has now been moved to the File menu when inside an open document. Click on File –> New –> From template. The advantage to this change is that choosing a template from an open spreadsheet will take you to all spreadsheet templates, but it seems long winded to have to open a new or existing spreadsheet to access a template – perhaps it’s part one of a planned change for templates. In the meantime, why not use the url above to access templates – bookmarking it is now even more important – and you can even add a ?type=spreadsheets or ?type=docs to your url to open specific types.

From the template page you can choose to open one of the many public templates or a company/personal template. Templates can be sorted – by Hottest, Most users or Highest rating – to instantly find the most popular templates (useful when sifting through the thousands of public templates!). You can also narrow by the type of template, either a document, spreadsheet, presentation, form or drawing.

If you know exactly what you are looking for from a public template choose to browse through the different categories. Categories are particularly useful for a business storing company templates. Google Apps administrators are able to edit and add categories in the control panel, so your company can design a useful template store for all users.

You can add a template to your domain account by clicking on the Submit a template link in the top right of the main templates page. Simply choose the Google Doc you want to upload as a template, select any suitable categories and it will be appear in your list in a few minutes.

Any templates that you upload are made available to all users in your domain.