Getting Rid of Wizards and Templates

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 21, 2014)

1

Word provides a range of templates and wizards that can be quite helpful when creating standard types of documents. There may be circumstances, however, when you want to completely (or even selectively) remove the wizards and templates provided with Word.

In all versions of Word, templates and wizards are installed in special folders on your hard drive. The exact location where they are installed varies from version to version, but you can easily find the location by looking at the File Locations tab of the Options dialog box (and seeing where Word looks for templates), or by doing a file search in Windows for files ending in .DOT or .WIZ.

If you are using Word 97, you can simply delete .DOT or .WIZ files that you no longer want or need. If you don't want to delete the files, but simply want to make them "unavailable," you could rename them or move them to a different folder.

You can't do this in Word 2000 or later versions, however. Beginning with Word 2000, the program is "self healing," to a degree. This means that if Word discovers something is missing, it assumes you want it to fix itself. Thus, simply deleting .DOT and .WIZ files (or renaming them) results—more often than not—in Word simply creating the missing or renamed file again.

The way to get rid of them, then, is to tell Word that you don't want them installed on your system. This means that you must run the Word or Office Setup program and specifically set the unwanted templates and wizards to "Not Available." When you complete the installation, Word dutifully removes the templates and wizards you no longer want. As a final step, you should delete the folders that Word created for the templates in the first place. (If you are using other Office applications, their wizards and templates can be stored in the same folder, so make sure it is empty before deleting it.)

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1735) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

MORE FROM ALLEN

Restoring a Keyboard Shortcut

Word uses keyboard shortcuts for all sorts of tasks. Sometimes you may create a shortcut that messes up one of the other ...

Discover More

Unique Name Entry, Take Two

If you need to make sure that a column contains only unique text values, you can use data validation for the task. This ...

Discover More

Enhancing Word Documents with Dynamic Fields (Special Offer)

Enhancing Word Documents with Dynamic Fields can help make document creation easier. Another way you can increase ...

Discover More

The First and Last Word on Word! Bestselling For Dummies author Dan Gookin puts his usual fun and friendly candor back to work to show you how to navigate Word 2013. Spend more time working and less time trying to figure it all out! Check out Word 2013 For Dummies today!

More WordTips (menu)

Changing the Comment Color

If you don't like the default color used for comments in a document, you can't change them in Word. You can, however, ...

Discover More

Understanding Unicode Characters

Unicode is a character-encoding scheme that works with a huge variety of characters. This tip explains what Unicode is ...

Discover More

Measurement of Choice Isn't Persistent

Normally, Word allows you to specify what measurement units you want used for the program; just choose Tools | Options | ...

Discover More
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

View most recent newsletter.

Comments

If you would like to add an image to your comment (not an avatar, but an image to help in making the point of your comment), include the characters [{fig}] in your comment text. You’ll be prompted to upload your image when you submit the comment. Maximum image size is 6Mpixels. Images larger than 600px wide or 1000px tall will be reduced. Up to three images may be included in a comment. All images are subject to review. Commenting privileges may be curtailed if inappropriate images are posted.

What is five minus 0?

2015-03-02 16:41:31

Chris

This seems like outdated material and didn't help me get rid of superfluous templates I no longer want.


This Site

Got a version of Word that uses the menu interface (Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003)? This site is for you! If you use a later version of Word, visit our WordTips site focusing on the ribbon interface.

Newest Tips
Subscribe

FREE SERVICE: Get tips like this every week in WordTips, a free productivity newsletter. Enter your address and click "Subscribe."

(Your e-mail address is not shared with anyone, ever.)

View the most recent newsletter.