Templates for Online PDF Files

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Documents (and some forms requiring signatures) posted to TMCC's website are first converted to a Portable Document Format (PDF)—an open standard file format to distribute compact, platform-independent documents.

PDF files posted to TMCC's website are required to meet specific styles and formats. This "branding" provides a consistent look and feel to create a unified image of the College and its electronic materials. The template has been pre-loaded with TMCC styles for further consistency across departments. For more information, please read TMCC's Policy for PDF Files

Quick Reference

First, determine if you are creating a file that will be posted online.

  • If NO: Stop. You do not need to use this process. Internal documents or forms that are not being posted online to TMCC's website are not required to follow these guidelines.
  • If YES: Identify if this will be a document (no user input required) or a form (user input and/or signature required).


Keep in mind that PDF files are not mobile-friendly. Consider whether your content could instead be an HTML web page.

  1. Download the template and instruction guide.
  2. Follow the procedures and be sure to apply TMCC styles. If you are unsure of how to use the template or would prefer Web Services assist you in this process please contact us.
  3. Print, review and edit as needed prior to submitting to Web Services.
  4. Save your document using a web-friendly department naming convention (view your department's documents and forms page for examples).
  5. Submit via email to Web Services.
  6. Web Services will assist in the final branding, convert to PDF, optimize and post.

Template and Instruction Guide

TMCC's template in Microsoft Word is the source file for most PDFs posted online. Specialized templates are available, or can be created, by request (e.g., Excel template, calendar template, landscape version, etc.).

  • Universal Template
    Zip file includes resources for creating documents for online PDFs: universal TMCC template and step-by-step instructions.