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This article describes how to perform a custom installation of Microsoft Office so that custom templates are available from a shared network location when you first start Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, or Microsoft PowerPoint.
There are three methods: you can use transforms to modify the location, you can use Group Policy, or you can have each user manually change the location for the templates. After you use one of these methods, you create a custom transform so that the default templates are not installed.
The Templates dialog box in a Microsoft Office program displays several different tabs that contain the default templates that are installed with Office. If you do not want to display the default templates, you can customize the Templates dialog box to display only the custom tabs and custom templates that you want.
To view the Templates dialog box in one of the Office programs, click On my computer in the Templates area of the New Documents task pane.
To customize an Office installation, create an administrative installation point or installation image. For more information about creating an administrative installation point of Office 2003, visit the following Microsoft Office 2003 Resource Kit Web site:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/ork2003/HA011402161033.aspxNext, use one of the following three methods, and then go to the "Create a custom transform that does not install the default templates" section.
Method 1: Use a transform to configure template settingsThe Custom Installation Wizard for Office 2003 has a feature that you can use to configure the default settings for the Office programs. We recommended approach for deploying user settings to computers when Office is installed.
Method 2: Use Group PolicyUsing Group Policy is another way to configure the workgroup templates location for all users. Use this approach if you are using group policies in your network or you do not want to install Office with a transform.
Method 3: Have each user manually configure the workgroup templates locationEach user can manually specify the workgroup templates location the first time that they start Word. To use this method, have each user follow steps a through d after Office is installed.
Create a custom transform that does not install default templatesIn this section, you create a transform by using the Custom Installation Wizard by setting the installation state for all Office templates to Not Available. When you install Office with this transform, the default Office program templates are not installed.
Custom Installation Wizard
Article ID: 890294 - Last Review: May 18, 2012 - Revision: 3.0