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Microsoft Word 2008

Template Locations

You can save time and effort by creating new documents using templates designed to format a specific type of document. If you create many similar documents, templates save time by formatting the page to pre-defined settings, allowing you to start writing immediately. For information on how to use templates, refer to Working with Templates.

As you create and customize templates, it is important to consider the location you will use to save those templates. To prevent accidental changes, do not save templates in the same location you save your document files. Save templates in either the Word templates folder or in a folder you designate specifically for templates. Be sure to give the folder an easily identifiable name like Working Templates.

return to topDefining a User Templates Location

User templates are your personal collection of templates.

  1. From the Word menu, select Preferences...
    The Preferences dialog box appears.

  2. In the Personal Settings section, click FILE LOCATIONS
    The File Locations dialog box opens.

  3. In the File locations scroll box, select User templates

  4. Click MODIFY...
    The Choose a Folder dialog box appears.

  5. Locate and select the appropriate location

  6. To confirm the drive and directory location, click CHOOSE

  7. Click OK

return to topDefining a Workgroup Templates Location

Workgroup templates are available to a group of people (e.g., members of a department). They should be saved to the Workgroup templates area on a shared network drive. You can use Word to set the location of Workgroup templates (e.g., on a network drive).

  1. From the Word menu, select Preferences...
    The Preferences dialog box appears.

  2. In the Personal Settings section, click FILE LOCATIONS
    The File Locations dialog box opens.

  3. In the File locations scroll box, select Workgroup templates

  4. Click MODIFY...
    The Choose a Folder dialog box appears.

  5. Locate and select the appropriate location

  6. To confirm the drive and directory location
    Click CHOOSE

  7. Click OK

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