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Add custom Word 2007 form template to the "Installed Templates" dialog box.

Jeffrey Coachman
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Hello All!

I have created a custom Word Form template.
    SomeTemplate.dotx

Now, to make it easy for the users to access it, I would like for it to be visible in the "Installed Templates" Dialog box.
(with that cool preview image)
;-)

Sadly, just dumping my shiny new template in the same folder as these other templates does not automatically make this happen.
:-(
(I even notice that the template names are slightly different in the dialog box, than they are in the actual folder)

What manner of Dark Magic must I employ to make this happen?

Thanks!

;-)

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Thanks DeeDee, sory for the delay.

I will be back at work Tomorrow (where Office 2007 is installed) and I will let you know.

;-)

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DD,

Unfortunately this step:
<To display templates in the Word 2007 New Document pane, under My Templates
* Browse to the folder or location where the template is stored. >
... is a bit unclear...
In the My Templates dialog box there is no option to "Browse"

Did I miss something?


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DD,

Never mind, I mis-read it.

I just went directly to where the template was located and moved it to the templates folder.

The way the text was written, it seemed like you could browse to the new template through the My Templates Dialog box.

This works OK.


(I am still curious how to get a "self-made" template into the Main Access 2007 template screen)
See attached screenshot

But I will post this as a new question.

Your solution works good for the current need.

Thanks!

;-)

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Thanks works great!

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Glad that worked!

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I am also trying to work out how get custom templates "here" (as per your last screenshot above).

Did you end up finding a solution to that, Jeff?
TIA

Ryan
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No but having the template in the 'MyTemplates' dialog box was good enough for now...

We have some of the Top Word Professionals here.
If there were a way to do this, they would know.
;-)

I could call MS and ask how this is done, but again, what DD posted works good for the current need.

;-)

Jeff
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I actually ran Process Monitor after posting above and found out how the default templates are loaded. Each file name is hardcoded in the registry, but the registry paths contains GUIDs and are mixed in with other settings, so I'm not going to worry about that anymore. I have the log saved at work if you would like to see it.

If I get some spare time, I might see if I can generate and export the settings that relate to the 'Recently opened' templates list, which appears by default and also have previews (which are .GIF files that I would have to generate manually). No the easiest solution to implement, but theoretically doable.
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I suspected as much...

If it is that complicate, then I won't bother either.
Don't really feel like doing all of that for every users workstation...

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The plan would be to export/import a *.reg file and copy the templates and GIF files remotely to their PC's when they logon to the network. I'll post the log file tomorrow if I remember.
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