Someone wrote to me about the "Default Personal Templates" designation vs. the "User Templates" location. This was after reading Templates in Microsoft Word .
"The whole reason I'm reading your tutorial (and searching the web, unsuccessfully), is to learn what the difference/relationship is between File/Options/Save/'Default personal templates location:' and File/Options/Advanced/File Locations/'User Templates'"
The Default Personal Templates location was introduced with Word 2013 / 365 to cure what I feel was a defect in Word 2007-2010 where the default save location for new templates was the document save location.
The Custom Office Templates folder is, under the Options > Save dialog, a default location to save new user templates. The User Templates folder is the location that is where the normal.dotm template is stored/created. In earlier (menu) versions of Word (97-2003) it was also the default location where new templates would be saved.
Unless the Custom Office Templates folder and the User Templates folder are set as the same location, the normal.dotm template is not stored in the Custom Office Templates folder.
My own preference would be to have these be the same location. There may be reasons to not do this such as making it more difficult for users to mess up the normal template.
Anyone else have thoughts?
Here are the option screens involved.
Note, this thread applies to Word 2013/2016/365.