Powerpoint - change Default Template Save location for Office for Mac 2016

new Office for Mac 2016 environment here..

Trying to save a template in Powerpoint and when I click on "Save As Template.." it leads me to a crazy place:

//users/username/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates

Is there a way to change that default location to something friendlier? like say /users/username/documents

I was able to change the File Locations of the templates in Word 2016 for Mac, but don't know how to do so in Powerpoint.
jumpassociatesAsked:
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serialbandCommented:
In Powerpoint, Open up Preferences (Command ,)
Click on Advanced (Gear symbol 2nd from right.)
Click Select
    Choose your default file location.
jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
Sorry, but I couldn't find the Advanced icon in Preferences.

I'm working in Powerpoint 2016 for Mac, if that helps.
serialbandCommented:
I'm  also  using Mac Powerpoint 2016

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jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
oh strange. I don't see that at all.

I'm running Office 2016 for Mac, Powerpoint, version 15.14 and this is what I see under Powerpoint preferences:

powerpoint 2016 for mac preferences
do you know what version you are running?
Echo_SCommented:
Suspect this is OS-based, because the crazy folder the PPT templates save into are sandboxed folders on Yosemite.

I reached out to the Mac folks at Microsoft as well as a group of Mac MVPs, and nobody can tell me how to change this location for PowerPoint. What's frustrating is that Word can apparently bypass the sandbox but PowerPoint can't.

Sorry, I know that's not the answer you wanted. Frankly, it's not the answer I wanted, either!
jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
OS based? Maybe, but Office 2016 for Mac requires Yosemite. But honestly, I haven't tried to install it on Mavericks to see if its true or not.

And yes, that whole sandboxing thing sucks. I can see in Word preferences that there is a "File Locations" option, but nothing in Powerpoint or Excel.

But here's one thing: I keep my Word templates and PPT templates stored in the same folder. When I went into Word to customize my Template Location, the change was reflected in Powerpoint. When I open Powerpoint, the wizard shows me the Templates that are stored in custom location. So that's good. BUT when it comes to saving the templates, Powerpoint defaults to  that silly sandbox.
Echo_SCommented:
Ah, I was just looking at the screenshot from the previous poster who said he was using Office 2016, so that led me to think it's probably related to the operating system. In fact, I think the sandboxing thing is a Yosemite requirement.

Anyway, I'm glad to hear you can at least get the Word location to change the PPT location. That's similar to how it used to work on the PC -- you'd change the file save location in Word and it would apply to PPT and Excel also. But where do you see that reflected in PowerPoint? Do you mean the templates are showing up in the PPT start screen after you change the path in Word?

I don't know how you can change that default save behavior, unfortunately. I'm guessing Word allows it because it holds all the cards, so to speak -- you change the path there, so Word recognizes it and lets you save there, but the other apps are still clueless.
jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
I don't see the save location changed in any particular PPT preference. But I changed my template locations in my Word settings to point to a folder on my desktop (and in that folder, I have Word and PPT templates).

After that, I opened up Powerpoint, and in the first screen, where it has all the stock templates, it also now shows some of my custom templates that I have saved in my folder on the desktop, so the Word file location settings must have partially been pushed to Powerpoint.

That's all fine and dandy, but the only problem that exists is that when I make a change to my custom template in PPT and attempt to save it ("Save As Template.."), it still points to that sandboxed folder, not my desktop folder.

cmon, powerpoint!
Echo_SCommented:
Gotcha. That's what I thought you meant. Thank you for the clarification.

I've raised the issue with Microsoft, but I won't hold my breath for information or a fix.

I'm thinking I may put a shortcut in the sandboxed folder so at least it's easy to get where I want once I end up there. :-) (Heck, I don't even know if that's possible to do on a Mac, but I'm guessing it must be.) For now, I just added the appropriate folder to my favorites list in Finder. Being taken to the sandbox is annoying, but at least the folder I want is only a couple of clicks away then.
Echo_SCommented:
Followup: Seems this isn't because of sandboxing -- it's just a missing feature in Mac PPT 2016. It's been reported. Hopefully it will be added in future.

Sorry I don't have better news.
jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
Thanks Echo!

I totally trust that answer, but where do you find confirmation like that?
Echo_SCommented:
There's no public information that states this. All I can tell you is that I've received confirmation of the issue and it's been reported to the correct people.

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jumpassociatesAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the research and confirmation!
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