MS Project 2013 Templates – How to Find (and Set) the Default Location

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In MS Project 2013 Professional, finding the location of your templates is not a straightforward process. Once you find out where MS Project stores templates on your hard drive, you can adjust your settings so that any templates you create are also saved to the same location.

MS Project 2013 – Finding Template Location

Before following these steps, when I click the File tab and New, I don’t see any option to select templates stored on my hard drive.


project 2013 file new screen before default template location set


Do a search for *.mpt files. (Mpt is the file extension for Microsoft Project templates.)

Look for the Global file, which will probably be in a Folder named 1033.

project 2013 global template location

Right-click the file and select Properties. The following dialog box will pop up.

Right-click next to Location, and select Select All.

project 2013 global properties display screen
Copy the location by clicking CTRL C.

Hit the OK button.

MS Project 2013 – Set Default Personal Templates Location


Open MS Project (if necessary), and launch a blank file.

Click the File tab.

Click Options, then Save.

In the Save templates section, click next to Default personal templates location section.

project 2013 file options save default personal templates location

Hit  CTRL V to paste the location.

Click OK at the box at the bottom of the dialog box.

Once you’ve set the default template location, you’ll see two tabs when you click the File tab, and click New: Featured and Personal.

(Instead of Featured, you might see Enterprise).

project 2013 file new after default template location set

Now you can access any personal templates you’ve created by clicking the Personal tab.

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About the Author of this  MS Project Tutorial.

Since 2001, Jackie Kiadii has taught employees of some of the largest employers in the Southeastern United States how to use MS Project. For more information, visit ProjectTrainingAtlanta.com.

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