Proposal templates are saved, reusable proposal content elements that help you quickly create new proposals. You can create a complete proposal template or a single saved element template and anything in between and store these in a library that can be used to create new proposals.
Using Proposal Templates
There are three ways to use templates when creating a new proposal.
1. When you create a new proposal, you can select a template as a starting point for the proposal.
You can choose to start with a blank proposal, or use any of your saved templates (in My Proposal Templates folder) or one of our professionally designed templates (in Proposal Template Library folder). The template you used to start your most recent proposal will be autopopulated in the Select Template entry box. Click the x to remove the selection and click the Choose Template button to select a new template.
2. You can insert a template anywhere in your existing proposal using the Saved Template element.
Simply drag the Saved Templates element anywhere in your proposal and drop it and a dialog will display allowing you to select the template you want to insert.
3. You can insert a template as a new section in the proposal
Clicking the + button at the bottom of the proposal editor displays an Add Section button and an Add Template button. Click the Add Template button to select and add a template as a new section in your proposal.
Creating Proposal Templates
You can manage user access to templates by editing the permissions of the user's role (Company Settings).
In order for a user to Create/Edit or Delete proposal templates, the user must have Proposal Template permissions for Create/Edit and Delete of All.
A user with appropriate permissions will be able to create a new proposal template in three ways:
1. You can create a new proposal template directly from the Proposal Template list view using the Orange New Template button:
2. You can save an existing proposal as a proposal template from within the proposal editor using the Save as Template link button:
3. You can select one or multiple elements while you are editing a proposal to save as a new template by clicking the save icon on the elements (which turns into a green check mark when selected) and then clicking the Save Elements as Template button link.
If there are unselected elements between selected elements, that spacing will be eliminated in the saved template.
You can save any elements as a template. Quote table elements will not retain discounts and option values when they are saved in a template.
Restricting Editing of Elements or Templates
You can lock (restrict editing) of any of the content on your proposal templates by toggling on the Restrict Access toggle in the settings for the element. If this toggle is on, only users with Create/Edit permissions of All for Proposal templates will be able to edit this template in a proposal.
You lock the content of an entire template by toggling on Restrict Template Access in the Proposal Settings. If an entire template is locked, then users without permission will not be able to move/delete/insert any element in the template except the signature, input and quote table elements. Edit access for the individual elements will still be controlled by individual element restrict access toggles. You can lock the template down completely and not even allow users to add a new sections to the bottom of the template by setting the Allow New Sections toggle to off. When this is off, the "plus" icon will not display at the bottom of proposals using this template so the user cannot add new sections.
You can also have a specific quote table element automatically open for editing when a user edits a proposal or creates a new proposal from the template by selecting a quote table in the Auto-Open setting. This is useful is the rest of the proposal content is essentially locked for the user and you want the user to only be able to interact with the quote table. This setting saves a couple of clicks for this situation.
You can lock the content of a quote table element in the Quote Settings in the General Setting section. Locking the quote table only prevents users without permission from editing the Settings section of a quote. It does not prevent them from editing the products contained in a quote.
Managing Proposal Templates
You can manage proposal templates from the proposal template list view. This includes searching for templates, deleting templates and moving templates to new folders.