I don't know if I understand your question correctly because to me it seems so easy and self-explanatory:
Create a template:
Perhaps you can be more specific about where you get stuck?
Steffen; thank you for your answer; the problem is when I type the $ or select it nothing happens. I should be able to see a drop down like this: https://confluence.atlassian.com/download/attachments/296093779/Template_edit.png?version=4&modificationDate=1363747479635&api=v2
The problem is I don't see that!
I don't see that drop down list either and my page looks quite different from the screenshot. And sometimes I also type $ plus something and it won't convert it into a variable. So I also thought I made something wrong but then suddenly it all worked.
Just a guess:
You could have a look at "Settings > Your settings: Editor" and see if you have disabled Autocomplete and/or Autoformatting.
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