Template Manager for OneNote 2010

I have heard from a number of readers that you want an updated version of the Template Manager for OneNote 2010.  Well, the wait is over.  Here it is.  Once installed, click on the Insert tab, then click on Template Manager.


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Comments (24)

  1. Grant Robertson says:

    Well, I guess this looks as if it could be pretty handy. However, the Template Manager dialog does not show the templates I am already using, not even the ones installed with OneNote. In addition, now, every time I boot up my computer a Windows Explorer window opens up to C:Program FilesMicrosoft and the only folder in there is "OneNote Template Manager" with two .dll files.

  2. Jones says:

    Unfortunately I can't get this to work. I'm using OneNote 2010 x64, and everything appears to install fine but when I click on the Template Manager in the Insert tab, NOTHING happens. No error. No report. Just nothing at all.

    Any idea about what could be wrong?

  3. Paul says:

    I have tested the Template Manager on x32 and I experience  the same problem reported by Jones.

    The add-in is there but nothing happens when clicking on the Template Manager.


  4. Nicolas says:

    Any way to create a template from a whole section instead of a single page? I create new projects sections based on a template one containing a bunch of pages and links to those pages and it would be great to have this ability (keeping the links as relative vs absolute).

  5. Ben Dupre says:

    I am experiencing the same problem that Paul and Jones reported.  It installed, but when I click on it – nothing happens.   No error, nothing.   Thanks in advance.

    Ben Dupre

  6. Cindy says:

    I am having the same problem that Grant is having – I open the Template Manager and only see one template. I don't see any of the ones installed with OneNote, much less any of my templates. Please advice.

  7. Isabelle says:

    Same problem as Ben, Paul and Jones.

  8. Madhav says:

    Same problem as Ben, Paul, Jones and Isabelle. No response when I click insert. Please advice.

  9. Karen S says:

    I installed Template Manager, but it showed up under a new tab called "Add-Ins" with a non-descript icon that says Toolbar Commands.  At least it does work when I click on that.  At least the previous posts don't make me think I'm a total dummy…  Thanks in advance for any advice.

  10. User says:

    Not a single reply from Jeff Cardon ?


  11. IowaGirl007 says:

    If you are not seeing the Template mangaer in theTemplates group under the Insert tab, go to back stage view File; options, add-Ins.

    Verify the Add-In is availabe, if it is go to the Manage: Com Add-ins and click GO. verify the OneNote Template Manger is checked.  If not, check it and select OK.  You should then see it in the Ribbon.

  12. Chris says:

    I installed the x32 version..it was working fine until it crashed..after that I am not able to load the addin anymore. Even if I manually force the loading by going into File-Add0Ins etc..what is weird is that the Addin does not show in the disabled section..any help?

  13. Andrew says:

    OneNote 2010 here. I have installed Template Manager, but it doesn’t appear on the Insert tab, as advertized. I went to the Options->Add-ins->Manage dialog, but it was not even on the list.

  14. Kelly says:

    Thanks, Jeff, for this great add-in.

    Happy, happy!

  15. Brian says:

    Works for me – I am using Windows 7 64-bit BUT my Office/OneNote is 32 bit.

    OneNote > File > Help > Version 14.0.xxxxx.xxxx (32-bit)

    The 64-bit version will not work on 32-bit Office/OneNote.

  16. MW says:

    Have all the problems above been fixed.  I'm running One Note 2010 on Win8, but don't want to install anything that's not going to work.

  17. Sean says:

    Works fine, just make sure if you match 32 or 64 template manager to your office version (32 or 64)

  18. DontPanic says:

    Does this work with OneNote 2013?  If not, are you going to update it?

  19. CC says:

    I'm running Windows 7 64 bit / Office 2010 32 bit.  The icon shows up in the insert tab as expected.  But when I try to apply my template to the notebook, it doesn't seem to work.

    I have tried creating a new notebook and assigning the template to the notebook.

    When I create a new page, the same old blank default template keeps coming up.

  20. Brenden Grant says:

    I am trying to use OneNote as a Project Management tool and am trying to find some sort of template or idea to track billing.  For example, if I have multiple companies that we charge for services on a monthly basis, what would be the best way to track how much they are being billed on a monthly basis in OneNote?

  21. Cris says:

    Im not sure if anyone will see this, but I just installed Template Manager and I setup a template, but when I click on apply, I get the following error:  "Inavalid XML from OneNote"

  22. DJ says:

    Considering Mr. Cardon hasn't posted anything since 2011, I'd surmise he is no longer associated with OneNote.

    It took me an hour or so to figure out, but if you have reached the point where you see Template Manager displayed on the Insert menu option, but all you see is a "Sample" template when you try to use it, I may be able to shed some light on that for you.

    This is for OneNote 2010 btw, not 2007 or 2013, using x64 version on Win7 x64. I don't know how much remains true if you're using a different version. In any case…

    OneNote's normal template files are stored as regular .one notebooks in the directory of…

    C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeTemplates1033ONENOTE14Stationery

    …if you installed to the default installation directory on a C drive.

    The Template Manager, on the other hand, stores its template versions as .ont files. This means it is not going to read the .one files already installed with OneNote. The reason for this is because the TM -requires- a description for the template, not just a name. The description can be as simple as "None", but it has to be there. The .ont versions are stored in …

    C:UsersUsernameAppDataRoamingOneNote Template ManagerTemplates

    …where "username" is the account name you are using on your computer.

    Although it's a hassle, you can use the already installed templates by creating new versions of them. You can devise your own method, but here's how I went about it…

    Navigate to where the installed templates are stored (the first system URL). Double-click to open each one in OneNote. You should now have 5 section tabs open. I don't want to alter them, so I create a new notebook named "Templates". I then move each tab into the new notebook and "close" each of the originals. I now have a notebook with all of the installed templates. Each tab has its own set of pages, with each page being a separate template. I want to know what to name them, so I also open up my template chooser over on the right as if I am going to add a new page.

    Now I start with the first page of the first tab and match it to the template chooser I have open. I type in the name of the template where the title would normally go, then I open the TM from the Insert menu. I switch to the "New Template" tab and put a check in the box labeled "New template from current page". Type in the same title as the template name, click next, enter a descriptor (I just type in None), then click finish. You've just created a duplicate of the template, which you can verify by navigating to the second system URL I provided.

    At this point, you simply repeat the process for all of the templates you want to use with the Template Manager.

    Hope this helped.

  23. wizbang_fl says:

    I believe a lot of the original One-Note team has moved on beyond the MS domain.