A template is a predesigned set of elements for creating a spreadsheet—placeholder text and images, sample charts and tables you can modify, and so on.

When you create a spreadsheet in Numbers, you choose a template from the template chooser. You can modify templates however you like after you create a new spreadsheet, but you can’t switch to a different template after you start creating a spreadsheet.

Some placeholder text is written in lorem ipsum, Latin text that’s scrambled so it has no meaning. When you add your own text, it appears in the language you use for your computer or for any language-specific input devices.