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Displaying custom templates in MS Office

Displaying custom templates in MS Office

You can see custom templates instead of sample templates in MS Office applications by changing registry keys.

When opening a new Word 2010 template, you may want to display a set of custom templates instead of the ones that appear in the File > New > Available Templates pane. It’s relatively easy to hide Word’s sample and default templates, you just need to change a couple of Registry keys.

Hide MS Office 2010 sample templates

There’s a Registry key that when renamed will hide all available sample templates in all MS Office apps. In the Registry on your computer, find the following key:

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerComponents
    8F622368F04F7B849A7B2021EE668F21

Rename it to something like:

  • HKEY_CLASSES_ROOTInstallerComponents
    NOT-8F622368F04F7B849A7B2021EE668F21

This will remove the links in the File > New menu to the sample templates that come with MS Office. Refer to image below:

Displaying custom templates in Word. Registry setting sample templates.
Registry setting to hide sample templates in MS Office.

Hide office.com online templates

To remove the option to download Office.com templates from the File > New menu, find the following Registry key:

  • HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftOffice14.0CommonInternet
  • Change the UseOnlineContent value to “0” (zero), so it looks like the image below:

Displaying custom templates in MS Office. Registry setting for online templates.
Registry setting to hide office.com online templates in MS Office.

Now all of the built-in and online templates will be hidden from view, clearing the way to replace them with your own.

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