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    Lord13
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    Workgroup Templates

    Hi all!

    For Word 97/2000, Besides the User Templates and Workgroup Templates paths, is ther anywhere (registry etc.) to specify additional paths for templates?

    Scott

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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Hi Scott,

    I'm not sure of what you are actually asking, but if you want a template to be available under File/New then no.

    If that wasn't what you wanted, can you provide a few more details?
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    Lord13
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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Under Tools | Options | File Locations you can specify your User Templates location and the Workgroup Templates location. These two locations combine to give you the Templates (and tabs) you see under File | New. My question is if you can somehow add a third, forth or fifth location. Can Word only have two locations for templates? Hope this makes my questions clearer. Thanks!

    Scott

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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Hi Scott,

    That is what I thought you were asking <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. For a template to appear in File/New, User and Workgroup Templates are the only two locations.

    I'm sure you are wondering, How could I have made my question any clearer??? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> What I wasn't sure about is, were you asking if File/New is the only way to create a new document based on a template or if these are the only two locations that Word looks for a previously attached template.

    To expand on the first possibility, you can create a new document based on a template from an Exploring window. The default action of a template when double-clicked is to create a new document.

    So you can have a shortcut to a folder on the Desktop or Start menu that contains templates as well.
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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    This information is from MSDN:

    Microsoft Office 2000 uses two registry keys in which to record the "User Templates Location" and the "Workgroup Templates Location." Both of these settings are recorded in the following Windows registry key:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice9.0CommonG eneral
    The "User Templates Location" is stored in the "UserTemplates" string value.

    The "Workgroup Templates Location" is stored in the "SharedTemplates" string value.

    Initially, these string values do not exist until you make a change to the default locations for your custom templates. By default, all Microsoft Office applications know where to look for their "installed" templates, so no string value is required for their location.

    If you change the "User Templates Location" back to the default location as listed in the "User Templates Location" section of this article, the "UserTemplates" string value is removed from the registry. However, if you change the "Workgroup Templates Location" back to its default, the "SharedTemplates" string value is retained in the registry.

    If you need more information look at article number Q210884 in MSDN

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    Lord13
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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Thanks for the info, but I think I'm still not asking the right question. The Workgroup Templates and User Templates are being used for template locations on our network already. I would like to know if I can add a third, forth or fifth template location. A Workgroup Templates area 2 for example. Another way to phrase the question: What if, for some crazy reason, I had to place my templates in three different locations on a network and have Word look at all three. Can this be done?

    I'm pretty sure that Word can only look at two places, but I'm asking the experts here to verify. Thanks alot!

    Scott

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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    To the best of my knowledge those are the only two places that you can specify.

    What is the specific problem that you are trying to solve?

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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Don't know that I fit into the "expert" category, but...

    1) You can put templates anywhere you want to.

    2) If you put a shortcut to the folder that holds the template in the user templates folder or the workgroup templates folder, it will show up as a tab File => New.

    3) In Windows 97-98 the folders in the user templates folder and the Workgroup templates folder are combined to make the tabs under File => New. If two of these folders have the same name, the templates in those two folders will all show up when you click on the tab with that name -- they will be combined. If two templates in these two folders have the same name, both will show up when you click on the tab, with the same name! If any of the folders in the templates folder has subfolders that contain templates, those templates will show up when you click on the tab as if they were in the top-level folder.

    4) In Word 2000 (+) the installed templates are hidden from the user and not in any identifiable folder. They will show up under File => New in addition to templates found in the user templates file and the workgroup templates file.

    5) You can add templates to custom menus / dialogs that are not in either the user or the workgroup templates folders. You can also put shortcuts to them in your Start menu and double-click on them from Explorer.

    The above states just about all I know about the ability to have templates show up under File => New. See: <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/templates.htm>Template Basics</A> (addbalance.com/usersguide/templates.htm) for more on templates (user and workgroup), document templates, global templates and Normal.dot.

    Hope this helps.
    Charles Kyle Kenyon
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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    Thanks that helps alot!

    The folder shortcut is a great idea. I really wanted to confirm that User Templates and Workgroup templates were the only two places you could tell Word to look for template.

    Charles, I've read enough of your posts to make you an expert in my opinion =). Thanks again.

    Scott

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    Re: Workgroup Templates

    FWIW:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q210/5/65.ASP>Q210565</A> WD2000: Word Startup (Command-Line) Switches and Their Purpose
    Includes the switch "/t templatename" - Starts Word with a new document based on a template other than the Normal template.

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