Where Are Templates Stored?

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated September 28, 2016)


Don is as to where the template folder is located in Word 2007. 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.

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.

You should know, however, that just because Word knows this is where your templates are to be stored (in the User Templates specification), that doesn't mean that it stores new templates there by default. The reason for this 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.

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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2013-03-29 18:41:40

William J. wolfe

On most systems, you can also use the following shortcuts (angle brackets mine) to jump to:

- Word's User Template folder

- Word's Startup Template Folder:

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