Re-use content using Templates

In this tutorial, you will learn how to re-use prototype components and styles in your web and mobile prototypes with the help of Templates. They will make it quicker and easier to apply your corporate image and be more consistent with your corporate design.

Templates are indeed a very useful tool for creating prototypes quickly and apply global changes to them, as they centralize the content and the interactions shared by several screens. They also set default styles (colors, border types, fonts, etc.) for all the prototype’s components.

Apply templates to your web and mobile prototypes

In the above illustration, the header and the side navigation bar are the same on all screens. You can prototype that with Justinmind: just create the header and the side navigation bar on a template, and use it on all the screens of the prototype you’re building.

The Templates tab contains all the templates of a prototype: you can click on any of them to access its content and work on it as if on a screen. The widgets and the events that you include in a template are shared among all the screens that use that specific template.

To create a template, click on the “+” button in the Templates tab. To assign it to a screen, click on that screen in the list of screens, go to the Properties tab and change it there.

Select a prototype screen's template

You can set a template as the default one by right clicking on it and selecting the relevant option. Keep in mind that the default template is applied to all new screens.

You can define the widgets default styles with templates. Just right click on the template and select ‘Edit Template Style’.

Set template style - Options

Alternatively, choose a widget in the screen, go to the Properties tab, click on the arrow at the top right of that tab, and select ‘Set as default style for this widget’.

Set as default style for this widget

Next tutorial > Global changes on pieces of content: Masters


  1. Ivan

    September 18, 2014 at 1:57 am

    Can you override template elements on individual screens once they have been applied? ie: remove one element from a page with a template applied to it without effecting the original template. Will widget styles auto update to existing widgets with the applied style when they are modified?

    • admin

      October 8, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      Yes, just place the element inside the screen on top of the element in the template.

  2. Luke

    October 23, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    @admin is that a for-real answer? “Yeah, just cover them” … lol ..

    I have a template that includes a header which obeys various responsive rules. In order to cover that header I’d need to re-implement the header and its rules on every page… which defeats the purpose of including the heading in the template… which, by extension, defeats the purpose of templates all together. Why not just copy and paste?

    What blows my mind about Justinmind Prototyper is how it has so many awesome, clever, and insightful features.. but then completely ignores several core fundamentals. I mean, its obvious you guys are talented software developers… I can’t understand how you missed some of this stuff.

    Centered backgrounds, % (of parent) values for size and position, float left/right/center, per-instance template variables, etc, etc.. this is core stuff for me, how is this not being insisted upon by everyone else? Weird…

  3. Mithoo

    January 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm


    I am trying to make a home page layout for a website in JustInMind. I just need help with how to make a nav bar to go with the header and I am not sure which of the available widgets to use. Need some help / suggestion.


    • Lidia Rodriguez

      March 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Try using the ‘Menu’ widget from the web library

  4. Antonio

    June 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Is there any possibilities that the template content is showed above and not under the page where the template is being posted?

    • Djoeni

      August 14, 2015 at 7:59 am

      Good question, did you receive any answer? I am also having this issue!

      • Lidia Rodriguez

        August 14, 2015 at 8:41 am

        Hi Djoeni. Yes, you have to activate the ‘Always on top’ option on the template elements you wish to have on top.

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