Microsoft Word/MS Word 7 templates


I have some kind of disconnect with templates in Word 7. I can create a template and put it somewhere, but then when I create a new file I get no automatic reference to it. No apparent location to go in the popup screen used when creating a new file. I can navigate to it and create a file of course, but Word appears to be set up to have them some place in particular.  

I suppose what I would like is for it to show up My Templates or something like that.

So... what am I missing?


As discussed in my article at, in Word 2003, when you choose .dot as the file type, Word automatically switches you to the Templates folder. Word 2007 doesn't do this; it lets you save templates (.dot, .dotx, and .dotm files) anywhere. For the template to be displayed in the New dialog (My templates...), it has to be saved in the folder designated for templates. By default, this is the folder where the Normal template is stored; you can set this folder (or ascertain its location) from Office Button | Word Options | Advanced: File locations (the path for "User templates"). Once you've established the location of this folder, it is helpful to add it to the Favorites list in the folder pane of the Save dialog.

For more information on creating and using templates, see
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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