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05 July 2016

SharePoint Templates Manager For Desktop Office

Templates Manager logotypeTemplates Manager for SharePoint was released as late as October 2015, but it has already become popular among evaluators and subscribers. Now we will soon release a client application, where users can select the SharePoint templates in their local Office applications.

Publish to all site collections
Most companies and organizations use templates to give their documents a consistent look and content, but SharePoint has no easy way to distribute templates to the whole farm or tenancy. With Templates Manager administrators only need to click on a button to publish all changes in the templates library to the whole organization, so our product enhances SharePoint in an important way.
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Desktop and browser
When files are stored in SharePoint libraries they can be edited either in each user's own Office installation or in the browser, with the online version of the Office application. So far Templates Manager has only supported the online version, but now we are developing a client setup.

With such a client installation, users can choose which version of the Office application they want to use in each case. The templates from SharePoint will be present in the desktop too.

First run
The first time a user opens Excel, Word or PowerPoint after the client has been installed, he or she will be asked to enter the SharePoint login details. Once this is done, the client knows where to search for templates every time an Office application is opened, and all the Excel, Word or PowerPoint templates from the Templates Manager SharePoint installation will be displayed to the user.

Templates Manager Client is still in the early development phase, but I hope to come back soon with a demo that shows how it works.

By Peter Kalmström
CEO and Systems Designer
kalmstrom.com Business Solutions