AutoCAD wants you to keep your templates in the Template folder, but you may have different ideas. For example, you may have custom templates that you want to keep in a separate location.
However, in the Files tab of the Options dialog box (Tools > Options), you find that you can’t add an additional location for a template, because the Add button is not available, as you see here.
You can get around this limitation by creating a shortcut to another folder in the Template folder. You do this in Windows Explorer. Follow these steps:
- Find the folder where your AutoCAD templates are stored. Open the Options dialog box, click the Files tab and expand the Drawing Template File Location item as shown above.
- Browse to that location in Windows Explorer.
- In Windows Explorer, choose File > New > Shortcut. The New Shortcut wizard opens.
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- Click the Browse button and browse to the folder you want to use for your templates. Click OK.
- In the wizard, click Next. Type a name for the shortcut and end the wizard. The shortcut appears in the file pane on the right. I created a shortcut to my AutoCAD Bible folder.
- Now, when you choose File > New, you see the shortcut in the Select Template dialog box, as shown here.
- Double-click that shortcut to display the templates in that folder.