Customize Word 2013 start screen (templates)

On the opening screen of Word 2013 I would like to show my company's templates instead of Microsoft.com's. So in fact I would like to show the contents of the personal tab directly instead of having everyone click personal each time. Is that possible?

I have already found that I can pin a personal template to the start screen. Is it possible to distribute this setting to my colleagues (eg via office policy or registry settings)?

Cheers, 

Birgit

 

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Last updated November 7, 2019 Views 1,851 Applies to:
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Birgit,

To give a truly customized experience to your users, I would strongly recommend a custom Ribbon Tab (configured through XML and VBA - not through the Customize the Ribbon options). You could have your standard templates on the Ribbon. In addition, I use dynamic Ribbon Menus that give my office access to various kinds of templates. Those ribbon menus are changed simply by adding a template to a folder - no change in code is necessary. If you want to explore this, a starting place is  Customize the Ribbon (It doesn't take rocket science). Note that while it doesn't take rocket science, it does take some vba experience and a lot of patience. The result, for me, was worth it. The page on dynamic ribbon menus is Dynamic Ribbon Menu.

Here is a screenshot of one of my custom ribbon tabs. I do not use the Start Screen and this tab is set to be the default tab.

The buttons not in a blue box go directly to some of the most-used templates. Those in a blue box are dynamic menu buttons. The one in use is the Courts and Attorneys button, a subfolder for envelopes is selected. I can add new templates to the menu by putting them in a folder (Courts and Attorneys) and in the 03 Env Local Clerks of Courts. Templates show up in a menu in alphabetical order, which is the reason for the numbers at the beginning of the names; that lets me control the order of display.

When a template on the menu is selected, a new document based on the template is created.

I then use the classic FileNew dialog to reach other custom templates. All templates shown in the dynamic menus are in a menus subfolder of my Workgroup Templates folder.

Like I said earlier, this is a fair amount of work but this same menu structure works in Word 2007-2013 (Word 2010 is shown). The most-used custom templates are easily reached whenever using Word.

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