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February 19, 2009

Default Document Content Type always loading as Document

Filed under: MOSS, Office 2007, Sharepoint — Tags: , , — stephenmuller @ 12:20 am

This has been an on and off problem for me.

I have noticed a few people having the same problem but no solution so I will add the solution that I found.

The problem is when I add content types to the document library and they appear in the new document dropdown it will still load the default document template despite the user selecting a custom document type. The only way to change it is after you save the document then you can edit the properites of the document.

Anyway the solution is when the document library is created do NOT select Microsoft Word (IE Office 2007 .dotx template as the default) instead  select the default which is Microsoft Office Word 97-2003 template. Then add your custom content types.

Now when the user selects a new custom content type from the document library the template will be for that content type not the default document content type.

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