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Eric Frost
11-29-2009, 07:11 PM
When MapPoint is launched, it opens a default *.ptt or template file which by default is blank and is centered on the continental United States (North American version) or Europe.

There are many reasons you may want to have a custom default template opened whenever MapPoint is launched or the New Map button or menu option is selected in MapPoint.

Some reasons that come to mind include --

Centering on a specific country or area. For the North American version that might be Canada, for the European version, perhaps the UK, or in either case it might be a specific state/provice or area you are always working with such as a city.
Pre-loading custom symbols. An example of this might be if you are working with data from a certain retail chain such as Walmart and you have color-coded Walmart icons. Rather than having to "Import Custom Symbol" every time a new map is opened, you could replace the default template with a *.ptt file that already has the icons loaded.
Open map with custom territories or data. If you are always working with your territories or datasets you consider to be the "basemap" for all subsequent analysis or map-making, it may make sense to put this data in your default template.

I'm sure you can think of more users or things to put in your default template, please share below.

The template is stored in the file system as a *.ptt file. Up until MapPoint 2006, the default template was stores in MapPoint's application folder under Program Files. A typical path was --

C:\Program Files\Microsoft MapPoint 2006\Templates\

Inside the folder, the template is called "New North American Map.ptt" or "New European Map.ptt".

The *.ptt file format is the same as a MapPoint Map *.ptm file, only the extension is different. To replace the file, you could either copy a *.ptm file into the template folder and then rename it, or with MapPoint you can do a "Save As", and change the file type to MapPoint Template *.ptm and save on top of the existing template (you may want to make a copy first).

Starting with MapPoint 2009, the template is now in the Application Data folder under Documents and Settings. A typical path would be --

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\16.0\Templates

or for MapPoint 2010 --

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\17.0\Templates

For Windows Vista, instead of C:\Documents and Settings, the default folder would be --

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\17.0\Templates (thanks philzeeb).

I don't know if the folder in Windows 7 is different from Windows Vista, if you are using Windows Vista please share by posting below and I'll modify the instructions.

Have more information, comments, questions about this, or a favorite template to share? Please post a reply below!


11-30-2009, 12:24 PM
Vista and MapPoint 2010 user here.
Mine was located via the following path. Used default installation.

C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\17.0\Templates

Eric Frost
11-30-2009, 12:41 PM
Thanks! I will go ahead and modify above for Vista, thanks again. I'm not sure if Windows 7 is something else.

07-14-2010, 04:34 AM

This post is a gem that makes premium subscription well worth while. I had been considering letting my membership lapse as I rarely get time to participate in the forum but will continue as long as there is added value like this. Working out how to do this has long been a frustration to me.

Many thanks for this one:tt1:

10-12-2010, 05:51 PM

I'm running MapPoint 2010 on Windows 7. There is a copy of the template at
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\17.0\Templates
as mentioned above, similar to Vista. However, I also see a copy at
C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Microsoft MapPoint\17.0\Templates

If needed, I could test to see which is the actual template file getting loaded.

Phil Frank

Eric Frost
10-13-2010, 06:23 AM
I think it's probably using the one under C:\Users...

One way to check quickly might be to do a Save As and change to PTT format, that should change to the template directory.


10-13-2010, 01:48 PM
I would have thought the same as you, that the template would be in the 'AllUsers' folder. But, surprisingly, it's in the c:\ProgramData\ folder!