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How to find and change default save location of Excel templates?

If you want to export all of personal Excel templates to a new computer, how to find out the Excel templates quickly? If the default saving location is too hard to find out quickly, how to change the default save location? In this article, I will show you detailed ways to find out the default save location of Excel templates, as well as change the default save location of Excel templates.

Find out the default save location of Excel templates

Change the default save location of Excel 2013’s templates

Change the default save location of Excel 2007/2010’s templates

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arrow blue right bubbleFind out the default save location of Excel templates

To find out default save location of your personal Excel templates, just copy and paste the following path into the Address box of a folder window:

Excel 2013’s personal templates: C:\Users\%Username%\Documents\Custom Office Templates

Excel 2007/2010’ templates: C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates

For the default Excel template which is applied automatically when creating a new workbook, its default save location is as following:

C:\Documents and Settings\%username%\Application Data\Microsoft\Excel\XLSTART


arrow blue right bubbleChange the default save location of Excel 2013’s templates

Some users may think it’s too difficult to remember the default save location of personal Excel templates. Actually, Excel 2013 supports users to change the default save location of Excel templates as following steps:

Step 1: Click the File > Options.

Step 2: In the opening Excel Options dialog box, click the Save in the left bar, and enter or paste your custom save location into the Default personal templates location box.

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Step 3: Click the OK button.

Then the default personal Excel templates’ save location is changed to your custom location.


arrow blue right bubbleChange the default save location of Excel 2007/2010’s templates

To change the default save location of Excel 2007/2010’s personal templates, you can do as following:

Step 1: Open Microsoft Word Options dialog box:

  1. In Word 2010, click the File > Options;
  2. In Word 2007, click the Office Button > Word Options.

Step 2: In the opening Word Options dialog box, click the Advanced in the left bar, and then click the File Locations button in the General section.

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Step 3: In the coming File Locations dialog box, click to select the User templates in the File types box, and click the Modify button.

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Step 4: Now you get into the Modify Location dialog box, find out and select a folder, and then click the OK Button.

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Step 4: Click two OK buttons to close the File Locations dialog box and Word Options dialog box.


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    Gilles · 1 years ago
    Please can you underline or place in bold "Microsoft Word" on the Step 1 line of : "Change The Default Save Location Of Excel 2007/2010’S Templates"

    Because it realy not natural to go in the options of Word to solve a problem of Excel; And the same menu exist on Excel so I had pass a little time to find where I'd made a mistake.

    But I say to you a good thanks for a tric I was looking for a long time ago in France and didn't found anything, so thanks agane.
    • To post as a guest, your comment is unpublished.
      Tang Kelly · 1 years ago
      Hi Gilles,
      If you are operating the second method, it does not need to open Microsoft Word at all. Just launch Microsoft Excel, and then click File > Options to open the Excel options dialog box, and then click Save in the left bar.