How to Setup Your Personal Templates in Word 2013

Sometime Microsoft do very strange things.

Recently I installed a new PC and copy of Word 2013 for a client and found that there was no quick way of utilising the client’s personal Word templates.

When installed the opening template screen looks like this…


So lots of featured and online templates but personal templates nowhere to be found.

After digging further I found that you have to first tell Word 2013 where your templates are located. This is done from the Word Options screen – Locations.


In the case of my client the location was blank but I have also seen some installs where the default location shows User/Roaming/Microsoft/Templates.

My advice is to create a new folder called Templates in your Documents folder and to copy (or create) your personal templates into this folder.

Next, in the File Location window, click on User templates and click Modify then select the folder that you just created.

After doing this you will now have a Personal option on the Templates page.


After clicking on Personal, any templates located in that folder will be displayed and you can now carry on as you did prior to Word 2013.

Now I know that the majority of people do NOT have their own templates – but really Microsoft. Was this necessary!

Best regards

Taff Lovesey (fantasy novels)

About taffybach

Author of the young adult fantasy novel series, The Portal Chronicles, including The Spider Gem and The Shimmering Gate. When not writing and promoting Taff runs a small IT support company, LITES PC based in Bourne UK.
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