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  1. Posts : 139
    10.0.19045, build 19045
       #1

    Show Hidden Files and Folders


    I'm puzzled.
    I have Show Hidden Files and Folders checked (Windows Explorer).

    What I want to do:
    Find Microsoft Word 97 Templates.
    In Word 97 when I bring up templates, the templates show along with the correct path (this case on C Drive)..

    What I've done


    1) I used Explorer to search for *.dot (word template extension), nothing is found.
    2. Went to the path identified by Word holding templates and NO *.dot files show only a .wiz file.

    ANY SUGGESTIONS APPRECIATED.
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  2. Posts : 295
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    ANY SUGGESTIONS APPRECIATED

    Yes, Windows search is bunk. Check my signature...
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  3. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #3

    You don't have to search for the templates because Word itself will tell you where they are.

    In Word 97
    Select Tools menu and then select Options
    Select File Locations tab
    Look for location for User templates

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template1.jpg

    For example, here is the template location in File Explorer

    Note Normal.dot is default Word template and MyTemplate.dot is a template I created and saved.

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template2.jpg

    Finding Where Templates Are Stored
    Finding Where Templates Are Stored (Microsoft Word)
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  4. Posts : 42,889
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #4

    F22 Simpilot said:
    Yes, Windows search is bunk. Check my signature...
    - for people who don't know how to use it. Therein lies the problem- it's actually somewhat technical and hence easy to dismiss because it's not something casual users can use easily, and requires appropriate configuration.

    Plus MS messed it up after 1903- but Winaero's tweaker lets you restore that in 1 click. Another thing you've got to know, alas, and without which you will dismiss it as badly implemented.

    I can start from 'This PC' and find anything I want by content or name. That's because I have indexing set up appropriately, and I know a little about search syntax (which file explorer ribbone supports to a degree).
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  5. Posts : 1,223
    W10-Pro 22H2
       #5

    ..and for those who don't want indexing to cover all folders (for whatever reason), and would like a search program to look only within the current folder, Agent Ransack still does an amazing job. Meanwhile, Explorer is still trying to find any .dotm templates in my "C:\Users\mnger\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft" folder - they are there, one level down, and I started it from that folder. It's now been at it for 15 minutes, at 25% CPU, and is still 'working on it'. I call that broken. I expect I could spend time trying to figure out how to configure it, but why on earth is that necessary?
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  6. Posts : 6,290
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #6

    I agree with @F22 Simpilot
    Once you know how to use Everything you will never use Windows search again.
    Everything
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  7. Posts : 139
    10.0.19045, build 19045
    Thread Starter
       #7

    MisterEd. That's were I got the path from, but no files per explorer.

    dalchina: I'm been using Explorer since Windows 3.0, but this is first time I've had problems. I have not reindex for some time though.

    mngerhold: Re: Agent Ransack, just looked it up. 58 MB. You got to be kidding me.

    F22 Simpilot and Megahertz: Just tried Everything just looking for *.exe in c:\ using Advanced Search.. Got 0 objects. Did NOT install, ran from zip and elected NOT to let Administrator index. SO either I'm doing something wrong or indexing is required.






    parent:c:\ *.exe
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  8. Posts : 209
    Windows10
       #8

    I've been running the 2010 version of Agent Ransack for years, works great, 3 MB download
    Where can I download old versions of Agent Ransack - Mythicsoft Q&A
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  9. Posts : 2,182
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #9

    dw85745 said:
    MisterEd. That's were I got the path from, but no files per explorer.
    The template Normal.dot had to have been in that folder. That file is created when Office is installed. When Word is run it reads that as the default template. In fact if you were delete that file Word will automatically recreate it when it is run again. The only other files in that folders are new templates that you created and saved.

    Note I have both Office 97 and Office 2003 on Windows XP computers. I am showing things with Office 2003 instead of Office 97 because I am having problems right now with the Office 97 install. It should make no difference because they both have the same file locations.

    The folder containing the templates is in a hidden folder. That means normally it can't be seen.

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template3.jpg

    You can't see this folder until you set the option to Show hidden files and folders.

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template4.jpg

    Once that is done the hidden folder Application Data can be seen.

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template5.jpg

    Then all you have to do is open the Application Data folder and drill down to the Templates folder.

    Show Hidden Files and Folders-template6.jpg
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  10. Posts : 6,290
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #10

    dw85745 said:
    MisterEd. That's were I got the path from, but no files per explorer.

    dalchina: I'm been using Explorer since Windows 3.0, but this is first time I've had problems. I have not reindex for some time though.

    mngerhold: Re: Agent Ransack, just looked it up. 58 MB. You got to be kidding me.

    F22 Simpilot and Megahertz: Just tried Everything just looking for *.exe in c:\ using Advanced Search.. Got 0 objects. Did NOT install, ran from zip and elected NOT to let Administrator index. SO either I'm doing something wrong or indexing is required.






    parent:c:\ *.exe
    I used C: *.exe and it found 4045 files. My version is to install and indexed.

    MisterEd said:
    The template Normal.dot had to have been in that folder. That file is created when Office is installed. When Word is run it reads that as the default template. In fact if you were delete that file Word will automatically recreate it when it is run again. The only other files in that folders are new templates that you created and saved.
    I have Office 2010 on Win 7 and Office 2019 on Win 10 and Normal.dot and now is Normal.dotm and Normal.dotx and it is on C:\Users\Luiz\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates
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