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Office 2013 keeps creating the directory C:\Users\user\Documents\Custom Office Templates. I like to keep My Documents tidy for quick access. Is there anyway to prevent Office from continunally re-creating the Custom Office Templates directory after I remove it? Moving it somewhere else would work too. I'm using Windows 7.

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This isn't really a solution, but behavior like this from many applications lead me to put the "My Documents" folder on a network share and mount it as read only. I keep a second, writable mountpoint for when I need write access. It's inconvenient, but highly satisfying. – Fopedush Jun 21 '13 at 0:45
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According to the answer to the question Custom Template location in Office 2013 on the Microsoft Community forums:

You can choose to override this setting by specifying a Personal Templates Folder. This can be done by going to File > Options > Save and manually entering a folder path. This needs to be done for each application, and for any application that does not have a Personal Templates path manually set, Office will create the Custom Office Templates folder the first time you save a template, and will set the Personal Templates path to this location.

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Awesome, thanks! The original answer wasn't clear but it's specifically called Default personal template location in the Save options. – reflexiv Jun 21 '13 at 2:13
I use Office 2013 but I don't use templates, and this folder location was created for me anyway, even though I never saved any custom templates. My default personal template location search path is empty. I don't mind having an empty folder there. I always leave the Documents or My Documents folder for various applications to use and save my important documents elsewhere. They always clutter up this location so I stopped caring and trying to fix it. – sammyg Apr 27 '14 at 20:55

Hide the folder under properties. You won't be able to see it but MS Office and Windows can still access it.

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How does one do this? I personally know how to do it but the author of the question or other people with similar problems might not know. I could provided this information myself but would rather give you a chance to provide it. – Ramhound Oct 13 '15 at 13:53

I was plagued by this problems for months - constantly deleting "Custom Office Templates" from My Documents only to have the pesky SOB pop up again. Finally I found the solution - when "Custom Office Templates" shows up in your Documents, right click on it, and choose Properties. Click on "Hidden" and voila!!

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But hiding it isn't the same as deleting it. – Chenmunka Dec 7 '15 at 12:32

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