Starting a project from a template can save you time and help you maintain consistency across standard elements such as column names, column types, and conditional formatting rules. Keeping things standard in this way will help you when you want to create rollup reports or dashboards from multiple sheets.
In this article:
- Use a Template from the Smartsheet Solution Center
- Create Your Own Template
- Use a Template That You Created
- Share a Template
You can customize pre-built templates in the same way you can edit sheets—for example, you can edit cell data, change column types, or include your own attachments as needed.
To find templates, start in Smartsheet:
- Click Create New at the top of the Smartsheet window.
- In the left pane, select Browse All Solutions or select a specific category to narrow your search.
You can choose from templates or template sets. A template set is a collection of Smartsheet items that you can use to get started building a complete solution for your business need.
- Once you find a template, click it and click Use to create your own new sheet (or collection of sheets if you choose a template set).
The sheet name will be the same as the name of the template—you can rename it if needed. (For information about how to rename a sheet, see Creating and Renaming Sheets.)
Note that you can also browse popular templates on the Smartsheet website.
You can create a template from any existing sheet. Columns and conditional formatting rules will always be saved to the template. You can also choose to include notification settings, and specific data and formatting options such as row data, manual formatting, attachments, discussions, and forms.
- Open the sheet you'd like to save as a template.
- Click File > Save as Template to open the Save as Template window.
- Enter a name and description for your template.
- Click Notification Options and Data & Formatting Options to specify which of the options you would like to save with your template.
To retain column names and types only, uncheck Sheet data and formatting.
- Click Save.
The template will be saved in the same folder or workspace where the originating sheet is stored. You can drag it to other folders or workspaces from your Home tab if needed.
- Templates you create are not accessible from the Solution Center which is public to all Smartsheet users.
- The template will only be visible and usable by you. To make it accessible to others, see the share a template section of this article.
- Templates cannot be edited directly. To change a template, you'll need to edit the original source sheet and re-save it as a new template.
To create a new sheet from your own template:
- Locate the template.
Templates you create are stored in the same folder or workspace where the originating sheet is stored. From the Home tab, click on that folder or workspace name in the left sidebar.
- Click on the name of the template.
A preview of the template will appear.
- Click the Use Template button in the lower-right corner of the window to display the Use Template window.
- Name your sheet and decide whether to include all of the features you originally saved to the template (for example: data and formatting, attachments, discussions, and forms). You can also choose to save the sheet in a different folder or workspace.
- Click Save.
Templates can't be shared individually, but they can be moved into a shared workspace. Anyone shared to the workspace with Admin access can create new sheets from your templates as long as they are a licensed user in Smartsheet.
For more information, please see "Moving Existing Items into a Workspace" in Managing Items in a Workspace (Add, Move, Remove).