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Creating New Files

When you use the New dialog box to select from available templates in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, Office builds the tabbed dialog box on-the-fly from two (and in some cases, three) sources:

  • The default collection of Office templates is stored in a subfolder that corresponds to the system's current language settings; on a default U.S. English installation, this is C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates\1033. All users of the current system see these templates.

  • Each user's custom templates are stored in the location specified for User Templates; on a Windows 98 machine with user profiles enabled, this would be C:\Windows\Profiles\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates.

  • If you've used Word's File Locations dialog box to specify a Workgroup Templates folder, Office displays templates from this location in the New dialog box as well. If a template in the Workgroup Templates location and the User Templates location have the same name, the Office program will display and use only the one from the User Templates location.


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