In my work i frequently want to print draft maps on A4 or A3, and i want to make a layout template that i can apply to whatever i am doing at the time. the problem is that the layout templates available either contain too many features (text and legend boxes etc) or are just ridiculous (as in the case of the ISO A4 or A3 templates that have data frame extents that leave a huge blank border around the map).
If i follow any of the help out there i can make a .mxd layout but this includes the data extent and map layers. i dont want to specify this as in a week my data layers may have changed or i am working in another area of the same region.... or somewhere else entirely!
How can i have a standard layout that i can apply to whatever i am working on, that gives me a page size, data frame in relation to the page and simple features like scale bar, north arrow etc?
It is getting iritating changing all this everytime i change page size.