Template Folder Location in Word 2007

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 24, 2014)


Don is having a problem with Word 2007. He is curious as to where the template folder is located in this version. He created a template and added it to what he thought was the template folder, but the template doesn't show up in the New Document templates.

The location for templates in Word 2007 is the same as it has been in other versions of Word. If you want to see what Word considers the location, then follow these steps:

  1. Click the Office button and then click Word Options. Word displays the Word Options dialog box.
  2. Click Advanced at the left side of the dialog box.
  3. Scroll through the list of options until you see the General section.
  4. Click the File Locations button. Word displays the File Locations dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The File Locations dialog box.

In the File Locations dialog box you can see the folders in which Word presumes you store both user templates and workgroup templates.

There is a difference in Word 2007 in how this location is handled when compared to earlier versions. The difference is that Word 2007 doesn't default to that folder when you are saving a file as a template. The reason for this change is security; the templates folder is trusted, meaning that any macro stored there is trusted by Word. To avoid the chance of placing an unwanted macro into a trusted location, Word 2007 doesn't store templates, by default, in the templates folder used by the program.

Fortunately, the template folder is now a default "place" in the hierarchy shown at the left side of the Save As dialog box. Click Templates in the hierarchy and the file will be saved in the proper templates location (the same one you saw in the File Locations dialog box). When you later want to create a new document based on the template, in the New Document dialog box you can select My Templates at the left side of the dialog box and see the templates that you've saved.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is 8 - 1?

2014-07-01 03:24:26



I sometimes lose a document too, but it is easy to find. Just use Everything, which finds the document in a second or two. You can quickly spot the lost document, spreadsheet, db, etc. It is a great free program for finding anything you've lost.



2014-06-24 13:43:08


Suggestion to all the users frustrated by Word's default locations for file save (and open).

On the Ribbon click on Office button|Word Options|Save and under Save documents Browse to your preferred Default file locations and OK out of the boxes.

You can also change template locations through Word Options by clicking Advanced|File Locations|User templates|modify and browse again.

Saves endless navigation and frustrations trying to save or open your files.

2014-02-12 21:42:17

Sharon B

Thanks to Kellys Registry Tweaks I easily added "Copy to" and "save to" even "move to" to the right click mouse function. My docs, pics, etc. go exactly where I tell them. Unfortunately the next time I open Word and look in my recent documents location (via the Word icon in Left upper corner) the document does not open the document unless it is saved in the my documents location.
I also believe there are ways to move the default location of my documents ... it's online if searches for it.

2012-06-13 07:20:27

Fred Cook

This helped me so much. Whenever I wanted to choose a save file location, word would take me to the UserDocuments folder, where I would divert to my own personal folder. However none of my other word documents saved in that folder appeared and when I tried to save in that folder I intsead, consistently recieved "Error: Invalid file name." Choosing the location of my personal folder for the save location of documents allows me to go straight there and I no longer have this problem that was plauging me for months.

2012-02-22 09:56:49


I was reading about empty folders from Mike, and I have the same problem, except I blame it on Win7. The libraries and anything that uses that technology doesn't work, even though updates have improved them. For instance, edit a word document, close it, copy it to CD, and reopen it. You changes will not be there when you reopen it, but all your changes will be on the CD copy. This manifest itself in many ways, and I wish the library function could be disabled. It causes a lot of problems, and not with just microsoft products.

I know of an entire college class who had to abandon their picture editing in Win7, because if they reopened their picture without rebooting, they would find their changes gone. It has to do with virtual storage attempts, so that where the actual file Location is impervious to the user. When you have lots of files as I do, that's a disaster anyway.

Also, Shortcuts may refer to the backup copy in Access, because they will change to point to the backup copy at the time the backup is done instead of pointing to the original, neither does the name of the shortcut refresh to reflect the backup name. Also, the db you have open may now be the backup copy. Therefore, now I close Access after each backup, and manually browse to the correct db to make sure my work ends up in the correct file. I alway lose work, because it's in two different files. I have lost lots of work this way, and not just in Access, though the details change just a little.

Also, if you save a styleset to the template in word, guess what. You are now likely working on a template, and tomorrow, when you reopen the file, you will file you have to make the template your original to get your work back, it won't be in the file you started with.

I could go on for days about these type problems, but I have learned workarounds and updates are fixing it, but very slowly. However that said, Win7 has some advantages I would hate to live without. I'm on a network, and can assist anyone very quickly with Win7. It's real good when you administer a network. I still have problems from time to time. It is a lot better now than at the first, but still sometimes...

2012-02-19 01:25:14


Word always asks me where I want to save a document, and gives a default location as Documents>Username>FileName.

Rather than using that default location, since I have documents scattered all over my drive in different school folders, I always navigate the "Save As" dialogue box to the location THAT I WANT by clicking the "pizza" and then using the "Save As" drop-down menu. The only problem with that is that the next document that gets created will point to the last save location by default.

If you are tired of hunting for your documents, try that method instead of using the "Save" option.

*my two cents*

2012-01-23 10:49:54


Care? Of course I care. However, there is absolutely nothing you or I can do about it. I agree with much of what you brought up, but I'm a user just like you. I don't work for Microsoft, nor do they care what I have to say about their decisions in this area.


2012-01-23 10:33:53


The 2007 version is 10 times worse than previous versions. It's complicated and I cant find things when I save them. I can't save things the way and where I want to. I save a file to a certain location and it's never there. I have to spend lots of time hunting the system to see where it goes. I create a folder and place something in it and go back to the folder and it's empty. What a pain in the butt. I have had purchased another product to do my work on. I don't have the time or inclination to use such an antiquated system. If it works don't fix it. I had to purchase Office and now hardly ever use it. What a waste of money. I don't want to have to spend hours trying to learn the same software over and over.

And Ill bet you don't care enough to respond to this.

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