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Need to force new normal.dotm template

Posted on 2011-03-11
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Hei. We need to force powerpoint to automatically open a new default template in powerpoint 2007. Either via GPO or some other means. the template file itself is already automatically put in "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates". Must be put locally on the client and not a share.

Have not been able to find any GPO or registry settings that specify this. Not able to find any setting for this in the office 2007 admx files i added to the GPO. I know about micr. off. 2007 system->shared paths, but that just specifies the path and not the template file to use for default (i.e. when u click new document).
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It should be a straight file copy to C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates. You should be able to do this via a logon script in a GPO.

@ECHO OFF
ren  "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\normal.dotx" *.OLD
copy  (GPO path to file "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\normal.dotx"

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by:eltel-it-nor
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Hi, Thanks for replying. We already use login script to copy the template. I see i made a mistake. It's a .potm template (powerpoint) not .dotm (word). The template is copied just fine, but we can't get office to use the template as default.
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blank.potx/.pot is the name for the default template in office 2007

::Copy powerpoint template to user template dir
copy "\\srvr\share\file.potx" "C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\blank.potx"
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by:eltel-it-nor
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the template name in mso2k7 is blank.potx
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