Re: Word: Workgroup Templates Question

Subject: Re: Word: Workgroup Templates Question
From: Chris Morton <salt -dot- morton -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:39:10 -0700

Regarding environment variables, you can also see what's std. with Windows
this way:

*Control Panel* > *System* > *Advanced* > *Environment Variables*

>From there, it's easy to create either a new (individual) *User *var or a *
System* (i.e., all users on that system) var.

Google "if exist batch file example" to see how each PC might perform a
location test upon bootup. Then Google "autoexec.bat" so learn how this
batch file can be set up to automatically run at bootup.

A custom variable might be named *TemplateDir*, for example, and its value
could change based on the *IF EXIST* test. The AUTOEXEC.BAT file might
resemble this:

*IF EXIST* *{some location test known to be a constant}*
*SET* *TemplateDir* *=* *{drive letter "A"}*
*ELSE
SET* *TemplateDir* *=* *{drive letter "B"}*
**
You would then have established a %*TemplateDir%* system variable to use for
loacting the templates.

> Chris
On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Deborah Hemstreet <
dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com> wrote:

> *Hi All,
>
> I'm wondering if you would advise me about a Workgroup Templates issue
> relating to MS Word 2003 and possible 2007.
>
> I'll give the background, and then the questions:
>
> Background
> I have built numerous Word templates for corporate use. In the past, the
> recommended means of deployment has been via a shared network drive. In Word
> 2003, users map via the Options dialog box, to that drive, and then they can
> create new documents based on the template.
> I am not sure where or how this is implemented in Word 2007.
>
> While this solution works for most employees, some work on laptops and take
> them home. When working from home, they connect via a different method, and
> the drive changes. So, either they open the document and work offline and
> cannot access the template functionality, or they copy the template to their
> local drive or they connect to the network and reconnect the template.
>
> Problem
> When the employee returns to work, they have to REMAP to the original
> template location. Or they send the document to someone at work who mapped
> their template differently to the network, and so somewhere down the chain,
> linkage to the template is broken and has to be redone. Some people know how
> to do this, others don't, and all complain that this is tedious and a pain.
> (I agree)
>
> Is there any way to map a template in Word in such a manner that the link
> to the template is not broken when the user works from home? Is there any
> way this can be done without copying the template locally to their computer?
>
> Does anyone have any suggestions, ideas? My client does NOT like the idea
> of having to remap to Workgroup Templates every time they work with at work,
> vs from home.
>
> What are the differences for this functionality in Word 2007?
>
> Thanks in advance for your suggestions and advice.
>
> Deborah
> *
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