Library Templates in Microsoft SharePoint

by Daisy Miksch | Nov 12 2012 |

In Microsoft SharePoint, I have a Document Library that has a Word Template. I would also like to have a template in that same library for Excel and PowerPoint. How do I do that?

This is possible with the use of Content Types. SharePoint allows you to have multiple content types in a given library.
Follow these steps to have multiple Content Types:

  • In the Document Library, under Library Tools, select Library, then Select Library Settings
  • Click on Advanced Settings
  • Click on Allow Management of Content Types
  • Click OK
  • Under Content Types, click on Document
  • Click on Name and Description and change to Word Document (as an example)
  • Click on Advanced Settings; here you can upload a template for the document library.
  • Go Back to Settings
  • Click Add from Existing Content Types and select Document
  • Click on the Content Type just created
  • Click on Name and Description and change to (Power point) for example
  • Click OK
  • Click on Advanced and upload a power point template
  • Follow the same steps above for Excel

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