Global Templates (Add-Ins) in Word
This page holds notes about global templates that are not located elsewhere on this website and provides links to other pages dealing with global templates. It is not finished but may still be useful to you.
Microsoft has applied the term "template" two two distinct special types of documents: the document template which forms the basis for creation of a new document, and the global template which holds Word customizations and makes them available in all documents. See Templates in Microsoft Word for more on document templates.
See Moving (Sharing) Customizations in Microsoft Word for instructions on creating a global template.
Global templates do not normally hold styles for use in other documents because the styles in a global template are no more (or less) available to documents than are the styles in a closed document or template. That is, they are available through the use of the Organizer dialog box.
(Format => Styles... => Organizer (button))
A global template is the only form of Add-In available in Word 97-98 and remains a staple for sharing resources in Word 2000-2016. Global templates can be created without the programming resources required to create COM Add-Ins.
Any template placed in Word's startup folder will be loaded as an Add-In or global template. Word's startup folder is not the Startup folder in Start Menu:Programs:StartUp (the one under your Start button) but is a special folder used by Microsoft Word only. You can find out where Word's startup folder is (or change the location and name) using:
Tools => Options => File Locations.
You can also make a template global using Tools => Templates and Add-Ins... This designation as a global template is temporary. It will last until you uncheck the template in that dialog box or quit Word (whichever comes first).
A group of templates can share macros/AutoText/etc. by automatically loading a shared resource as a global template when they are used. This would be done using the VBA macros AutoNew and AutoOpen
This article was written for menu versions of Word. For more on global templates see: Global Templates which is part of a larger web page on template of all sorts.
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