Deleting templates in My Templates in Excel 2008

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  1. shaunie p macrumors newbie

    shaunie p

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    Kotara, NSW Australia
    #1
    Hi,

    I have just joined and not sure if this is the right place to ask these questions.
    I have looked around the site with searches about my issues.

    1. How do I delete unwanted templates that I have previously created in Microsoft Excel 2008 for Mac from "My Templates" in the "Project Gallery"?

    I tried following the apparent path to the template folder but could not navigate there.

    2. My "Drawing Tools" no longer work in Word and Excel. The program stalls if I choose to try and use my Drawing Tools. I can't even draw a Text Box.
    I tried re-installing the software but this did not help.
    How can I fix this?

    Sorry if this has been discussed before.
    If it has, where can I find the answer.
    If not, hope someone can help.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Navigate to the templates folder and delete them. The templates folder is located here:
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Application Support/Microsoft/Office/User Templates/​
    Your Library folders are hidden by default in Lion. To get to your /Library or /Users/yourusername/Library (also known as the ~/Library) folders in Lion:
    • Launch Finder and click Go > Go to Folder and type: /Library or ~/Library
    • Hold the Option key while clicking the Go menu item, which reveals your ~/Library folder in the menu.
    • Make it permanently visible by entering the following command in Terminal, then press the Enter key:
      chflags nohidden ~/Library​
    • 18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion
    Try this: Close all Office apps, then delete the following files, then relaunch Office.
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Excel.plist
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.office.plist
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/com.microsoft.Word.plist
    /Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences/Microsoft/Office 2008/Microsoft Office 2008 Settings.plist
     
  3. shaunie p thread starter macrumors newbie

    shaunie p

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    #3
    Thank you GGJstudios,
    Both answers worked for me, I am very thankful.
    It took me a moment to figure out how to get to the Terminal, but I found that and my Library folder is now visible.

    Question??
    When it comes to problematic Mac stuff, is there a useful way of searching and accessing either "answers" before needing to post a question or finding threads that will alert the expert necessary to get the answer.

    I must admit, being new to forums is a little daunting considering the number of topics etc.

    Thanks again GGJ
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    This may be useful: Helpful Information for Any Mac User

    Also, searching the forums will usually find answers. In addition to the forum's built-in search function, you can use Google to search the forum. Just add the following to your search terms: site:forums.macrumors.com Be sure to restrict your search to the past year and check dates on threads you find. Some threads are very old and refer to Mac OS versions or hardware that don't relate to your needs.
     
  5. shaunie p thread starter macrumors newbie

    shaunie p

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    Kotara, NSW Australia

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