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This article describes how Setup sets the template path and how you can change where Word looks for templates.
When you click New on the File menu, Word looks in the following places to decide which templates to display in the File New dialog box:
User Templates PathIf you installed Word as a stand-alone program, Word first looks for the User Templates path. This path is listed on the File Locations tab, which you can examine by choosing Options from the Tools menu. If no folder is specified here (if the folder was deleted, moved, or renamed during the current Word session), Word displays the message "Do you want to create the directory now?" If you answer "No," Word looks in the program folder for the templates.
Workgroup Templates PathIf you performed a workstation setup of Word, Word first looks for the Workgroup Templates path. This path is listed on the File Locations tab. To examine the path, click Options on the Tools menu. If the folder does not exist (it was deleted, moved, or renamed during the current Word session), Word displays the message "Do you want to create the directory now?" If you answer "No," Word looks in the program folder for the templates.
Word Program FolderThis is the last place Word looks for templates. Word stores any templates in its Program folder if it cannot find the path specified by the User Templates path or Workgroup Templates path and if you have answered "No" to the prompt "Do you want to create the directory now?"
How to Change Where Word Looks for Templates
User TemplatesTo specify a new template location, follow these steps:
Workgroup TemplatesTo specify a new workgroup template location, follow these steps:
Changing Template Locations Using the Microsoft Office Shortcut BarMicrosoft Word and Microsoft Office for Windows share a common template path. The User Templates path is set to MSOffice\Templates (Microsoft Office 7.0) or Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates (Microsoft Office 97) and the Workgroup Templates path is left blank by both Office Setup and Word Setup in a stand-alone installation. In the case of a workstation installation, the User Templates path is set to the local user's MSOffice\Templates folder for Word 7.0 or Office 7.0 (and Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates for Word 97 or Office 97), and the Workgroup Templates path is set to the shared administrative installation templates directory on the network server.
Because Office and Word share a common template path, when you change the User Templates path or the Workgroup Templates path from Office or from Word, the change will be reflected in the other programs.
To Change the Template Location Using the Office Shortcut Bar