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Setting workgroup templates in Word 2007

Posted on 2008-02-06
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Last Modified: 2011-10-19
When i try to modify the location of the workgroup templates in word 2007 it doesn't work.

I can browse to the map and click ok but back in the File Locations window nothing happened.

Can anyone explain me how i can properly modify the location?
Question by:Norush
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wobbled earned 375 total points
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You are doing it correctly, you just browse to the location and that should work.  What can be causing you problems is that this location can be preset by your system administrator.  If this has been the case, while you can browse to the location you will not be able to change it.

You can go to the registry to manually change the path


he user templates location is stored in the UserTemplates string value.

The workgroup templates location is stored in the SharedTemplates string value.

Full details on template locations etc can be found on: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/889495

Author Comment

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The registry seems fine. But after choosing a new map the entry ends up empty.

I have checked the regsitry keys for 10.0, 11.0 and 12.0 but they all seem fine.

No result jet. Can you guide me further ?

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Expert Comment

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What if you change it directly within the registry and then reopen word and check?  Does it not show it then?
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Author Comment

ID: 20830948
No that doesnt make any difference.

The workgroup templates entry is empty right after clicking ok.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 31428425
When i logged in a a local user it worked.

So it was indeed a preset by an administrator.

Thank you.

Expert Comment

ID: 21782546
Try this:

Copy the below code into notepad, change the "s:" to be whatever you want it to be aka "D:\workgroup templates"

Save as workgrouptemplates.vbs file on your desktop.

Run said saved file.

It worked on my machine. I have Vista and Office 2007.
Const wdWorkgroupTemplatesPath = 3
Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
Set objOptions = objWord.Options
objOptions.DefaultFilePath(wdWorkgroupTemplatesPath) = "s:"

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