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The IEC template

The IEC template ( is the basis for the formatting and layout of all IEC publications. It contains the styles, boilerplate texts and automation features for IEC publications.


Important: To use the IEC template, its styles and functionalities, authors must save it once on their computers and then attach it to every working document.


A document without the template attached will not benefit from its features.


Note: For IEV documents (IEC 60050), please use the template instead.


Working with the template

1. Download the file below and save it in Word's Templates folder on your computer.

2. Attach the template to your working document.

3. Use the template's styles and features in MS Word.


For more detailed information, consult the User guide (see download list below).




File name
IEC template, Version 5, in English downloadable file 670 kB
IEC template in French, Version 5, for French translations downloadable file 250 kB
User guide to the IEC template
(current version: 1.4)
IEC-template-V5_User-guide.pdf installation and user guide icon 2,3 MB
Keyboard shortcuts for some frequently used Word commands Useful-Word-shortcuts_v3.pdf installation and user guide icon 130 kB
Administrative circular on version 5 of the IEC template 201325e.pdf installation and user guide icon 100 kB