How to deploy Office templates with Group Policy

This article is for IT professionals only. Office templates are created by users. How to make common templates available to all employees (or specific groups)? This can easily be deployed using Group Policy.  Here are the approaches available.


Using File Folder / SharePoint Document Library

  1. AD and GPMC is required.
  2. Put all the templates in a central shared folder or a document library.
  3. Install and download Group Policy admin templates for Office.
  4. Open Group Policy MMC, open Admin templates – MS Office <ver> – Shared Paths
  5. Change the setting Enterprise Templates Path
  6. If server share provide UNC Path.
  7. If SharePoint library, add that as a network location (or map as drive in login script).
  8. That’s It. Now users can see templates in Word, Excel, PowerPoint – File – New

Using content types

  1. Create a document library
  2. Give read only access to all users
  3. Create and map a content type
  4. Add templates to the content type
  5. New button in the document library will now list all mapped templates


2 thoughts on “How to deploy Office templates with Group Policy”

    1. Hi David, everyone wants an alternative. Content types is one option as I have mentioned. Logically speaking, when an Office 365 account is registered, Office should ask for a template path which it should remember. If it can remember your last editing location in each file, this is a very simple matter. I guess it is work-in-progress.

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