Configure Shared Templates in Office to point to SharePoint Online


Assuming you have the following deployed to your users:

  • OneDrive for Business sync client
  • Microsoft Sign-In Assistant
  • Office 2013 / Office 365 ProPlus

(I haven’t explicitly validated this, but it is what I have installed on my test PC)

…then configuring Office to use a SharePoint Online library for Shared document templates is pretty easy.

Using a registry entry, you can simply set the following key to the WebDAV URL of the Document Library.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\15.0\Common\General]

"SharedTemplates"="\\\\[email protected]\\DavWWWRoot\\path\\to\\templates\\"

I will follow up this post at some point with the ADMX route.


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2 responses on “Configure Shared Templates in Office to point to SharePoint Online

  1. I’ve found Sharepoint Onlines WebDav to be really flaky, making something like this feel unresponsive and slow. Hows the performance?

    • Yeah WebDAV is horrible. And in fact no longer seems to work for this scenario in Office 2016. However, it worked fine for Office 2013.

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