Where are my custom templates in Office 2013?

The custom templates you created using an earlier version of Office are still there, but Office 2013 doesn’t show them by default. Instead when you open an Office 2013 program, you’ll see the Office.com templates. If you want to see your custom templates on the Personal tab when you start an Office program, here’s how.

Personal tab showing your custom template after you click File > New

Fix it for me


Use a Fix it to migrate your custom templates for you

The Fix it fixes all Office 2013 programs at the same time. You don’t need to specify the template location in each Office 2013 program.

The Fix it doesn’t help you to set a new location, it only migrates to the Custom Office Templates folder under My Documents. If you want to set a new location, please see the I’ll fix it myself section.

I’ll fix it myself

  1. Click Start > Run, and then type %appdata%\Microsoft\Templates\ in the Open box.
  2. Copy the address in the File Explorer address bar.
  3. Click File > Options > Save, and then paste the address into the Default personal templates location box.

Make sure you do this for each Office program. After you’ve updated your template location, any new templates will be saved to this default location.

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Applies to:
Excel 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Publisher 2013, Word 2013