Where do Word for Mac and Powerpoint for Mac store user templates?

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In the English version of Word and PowerPoint 2011, Templates are stored inside your Home folder in ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates. In other languages, the User Templates/My Templates part is localized (e.g. Benutzervorlagen/Eigene Vorlagen/ in German).

The User's Library folder is hidden in 10.7 and later, but you can go there by holding down option while clicking the Go menu in the Finder, then selecting Library.

  • Great edit @patrix. Thanks for the "internationalization". – jaberg Feb 9 '12 at 19:58
  • THANK YOU! I used the Go to folder command and went straight to the folder. – user57559 Sep 19 '13 at 22:42
  • If you don't have such folder, here's what I've done. I created that folder manually and dragged a couple of templates I've found online and there they are! When I choose New From Template (PPoint), they showed. Thanks! – Martin Mar 7 '14 at 1:38
  • I created the Meine Vorlagen Folder with the german name and it worked. The folder name is really translated not like the applications folder that only is translated in the finder and not on the file system. – Janusz Feb 1 '15 at 13:32
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    Note that if you are trying to navigate to this folder from within a program e.g. an open/save dialog then you need to hit Command + Shift + G to bring up to Go To Folder dialog – RobV Feb 12 '15 at 12:35

According to this page, and confirmed by experiment, the path has changed for Office 2016. It is now ~/Library/Group Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User Content/Templates. (This is what you see in the Finder: if you use Terminal the last two directories have ".localized" appended to their name, which Finder evidently suppresses).

Be aware that if you performed an upgrade of Office, you will still have the ~/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/My Templates directory, but Powerpoint, at least, won't look in that location.

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    How like Microsoft... – Floris Mar 10 '16 at 1:16
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    Hi @davemulligan, That answer was a step in the right direction but didn't work for me (El Capitan, Office 2016). As much as I prefer reading text to watching instructional videos, I found watching this tutorial video from MSFT to be the only thing that helped me add the template. – rzrelyea Oct 3 '16 at 21:09
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    That location worked here (Sierra + Office 2016). Thank you. – Hugo Nov 27 '16 at 22:08
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    Ah, yes, UBF8T346G9 ... that would have been my second guess. – ijoseph Oct 13 '17 at 16:33
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    For me, the exact path was ~/Library/Group\ Containers/UBF8T346G9.Office/User\ Content.localized/Templates.localized/ – DuffJ Jun 1 at 14:30

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