How to change the default document template when creating a new document library in MOSS 2007

Written By: Guangming He -- 8/11/2011 -- join -- contribute -- (1805) comments -- printer friendly version

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A couple of days after my company migrated MS Office from 2003 to 2007, my CTO walked into my office and asked why any new documents created from a newly created document library ended up opening in Compatibility Mode in Word 2007. I duplicated the problem quickly and told him that I would fix it ASAP.

The problem is that the out-of-the-box (OOTB) default document template is a "Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 document" when you create a new document library in MOSS 2007. Most users will not check the option and use the default.


Before you apply the solution, you should see the default document template and the order of available document templates (see below) when you create a new document library. Notice that the 97-2003 versions are first.

document template dropdown list before changes

Step 1:

Open the site definition file ONET.XML of site template you would like to change. Check in the folder...

C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\SiteTemplates\{site-type}\XML

...on your MOSS server. Note that for team site, the site type is sts. Under the root Projects, you should see the element "DocumentTemplates".

document templates order in onet.xml before changes

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