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    Difference between templates and add-ins (Any)

    Microsoft Word talks about "templates and add-ins". Is it possible to have an add-in that isn't a template, and why would you? Thanks

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    Re: Difference between templates and add-ins (Any)

    A template can have two purposes:
    1. <LI>As a blueprint for new documents. These templates are normally stored in your User Templates folder, and possibly in your Workgroup Templates folder. See the File Locations tab of Tools | Options... to find out where your USer Templates and Workgroup Templates are stored.
      <LI>As a place to store macros, toolbars etc. that should be available whenever you work in Word. These are called interchangeably "global templates" and "add-ins". They are normally stored in your Startup folder for Word - again, see the File Locations tab of Tools | Options...
    There is one template that acts both as a blueprint (for blank documents) and as a global template/add-in: your Normal.dot.

    So all standard add-ins are templates, but not all templates are add-ins. There is another type of add-in (COM add-ins), but that is rather technical, it doesn't need to concern you.

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