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Removing all inbuilt Templates from Word 2010

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How do I remove All the inbuilt Templates the appear in Word 2010?

I can create and add all the new ones I need to use but can't find anywhere to turn off or disable the 50 odd .dotx templates in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033 folder

Deleting the .dotx files does not remove them from the New Sample Templates dialogs
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Question by:ARampton
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by:EricFletcher
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I'm with you on this: I have yet to use any of the built-in ones -- but as you've discovered, they are not easy to remove. However, I got around the annoyance by adding "New Document or Template..." to the QAT.

Within the Customize dialog (press Alt-F,T and select Customize Quick Access Toolbar or click the pulldown at the end of the QAT and choose More commands...), set the "Choose commands from: to "All Commands", then scroll down through the lengthy list to see the several "New" options.

1. New is FileNewDefault, which creates a new default document (same as keyboard shortcut Ctrl-N).

2. New... is the default FileNew, which displays all the built-in templates and forces you to go through the extra step to get at your own templates.

3. New Blank Document is FileNewBlankDocument, which creates a new blank document based on your default (Normal) template (i.e. the same as New).

4. New Document or Template... is FileNewDialogClassic, and the one you'll want to add to have a button that takes you directly to the list of your templates.

Note that each of the above 4 buttons use the same icon. While it is possible to customize these, the procedure is complicated, so I'd recommend just adding the one you'll use most often.
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by:Netman66
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How about deleting the contents of: ( I would move them out of there so you have copies to move back) after clearing out the template folder you refer to above.

C:\Users\{your username}\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

Does that work?
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by:ARampton
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Just to clarify I am trying to remove all the inbuilt templates listed in the File : New : Sample Templates which still shows the original documents I have removed from C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033 - as the templates are now deleted this listing has lost the preview details and can't open any of these listed documents

The various Tabs these templates produced in the File : New : My templates have now gone
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ARampton earned 0 total points
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Found the only solution that seems available

Open Registry key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Installer\Components\8F622368F04F7B849A7B2021EE668F21

Export whole section to keep a backup

Then delete all entries that have .dot or .dotx in their name

The exported file can be edited to remove all the other template entries and when imported again the default Word templates will show again

Perhaps someone could publish a Word Macro to list these templates and allow them to be easily turned off or on
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