Suppress or uninstall Word 2007 Templates

Posted on 2009-02-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
We are about to roll out Office 2007 to everyone in my organization.

When I select New, I see many built in templates for letters, memos etc.
We do not want the staff in our organization to see all these options as we already have our own letterhead and memo templates.  
How can I suppress the built-in templates that come with Office 2007?

I wrote a VBA macro to display the File New Dialog box but I can not figure out how to limit this dialog box to show just OUR templates and not the built-in ones.

I am using the Office Customization Tool - is there anything I can add to this to suppress the templates?

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    by:Joanne M. Orzech
    Can't you just move the Microsoft installed templates to a different folder?  If you put them all in a folder under the main template folder and called it "Microsoft Templates", and move all the folders under that one (such as Letters, Faxes, etc.), then you should only see your company's templates with one tab for Microsoft Templates.

    Author Comment

    I don't know where the microsoft templates reside so I can not move them.  They are not on my computer or my network (at least, I can not find them when I search for .dot and .dotx files), yet they show up in the File New dialog box.

    In Office 2003, I had the option to uninstall templates, but in Office 2007 this option is not available.

    Author Comment

    Hi Everyone,

    I still do not a solution to this problem.  There are not Microsoft installed templates on my computer - but the File New dialog box still shows them as if they were there.  Can anyone suggest how to eliminate these tabs (letters, memos, resumes etc).

    I know that these tabs will not appear when I choose Office button > New > My Templates...., but I want our users to be able to get to this box with a single click (rather than seeing all the tempting template options along the way).
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    Accepted Solution

    If you go into Word Options, at the very bottom, you'll see an option for "File Locations".... that tells you where the templates are stored.  See attached image.


    Assisted Solution

    1st step:

    delete: 8F622368F04F7B849A7B2021EE668F21

    2nd step:
    Set [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\General]
    MyTemplatesOnly = 1 (DWORD)

    Be aware of Office Repair function und upcomming Servicepacks.

    Hope it helps.

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