How to edit one of your Outlook templates

A few tips ago, I showed you how to create a custom Outlook template for email formats that you send on a regular basis.  A colleague sent me an email asking if it was possible to edit one of those custom templates once you saved it.

And the answer is… yes you can!

The first job is to find the template. You will need to go to Windows File Explorer (I’m using Windows 7). That is usually found in your Windows task bar, and the icon looks like this:

Next, go to the following location:


In my case, I’d be looking for C:\myUserName\r100738\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Templates


I want to open my TestOutlookTemplate.oft that I created in the last tip. Quick tip… you may not see the .oft file extension if you have those turned off in Windows File Explorer. Just look for an item that has the email icon to the left of the name, and the file type of Outlook Item Template to the right.

To open my former template, I simply double-click on the name, and my template appears like a normal email:


Once you change your template, follow the original One Minute Office Magic tip instructions for Creating templates for common Outlook emails. The only difference will be that you’ll be asked if you want to save the template with the same name that you used before. Since you’re updating the template, the answer is yes.

1 Comment

  1. I want to change my usual signature saying “Good Luck, …..” and not “Thanks, …… “. But I can’t do this because my usual always gets attached to the template. Do I have to have multiple signatures? Even if I do have multiple signatures how do I have certain templates use certain signatures?


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