5 Replies Latest reply: Aug 30, 2013 3:07 PM by peterwhi
peterwhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm mystified as to how this obviously simple task is done. No reference to it in the Guide or, as far as I can see, in the Menus. The ones I want to be rid of are my surplus templates in the My Templates folder, wherever that is!


iMac, iOS 6.1.4
  • 1. Re: How to delete a template
    Yellowbox Level 5 Level 5 (4,570 points)

    Hi Peter,

     

    User templates are in a hidden library (don't ask me why). In Finder, click on the Go Menu and hold down the option key. Your library will appear about half way down the list of items.

     

    Navigate to Library > Application Support > iWork > Numbers > Templates > My Templates

     

    Having gone to all that trouble, right click (or control click) on My Templates folder and create an Alias. Move the Alias to a convenient place for a quick way to get back to that Folder.

     

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • 2. Re: How to delete a template
    peterwhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ah, very good. Thanks Ian. I found that – more precisely, for others – I had to hold down the option key whilst opening the Go Menu.

     

    It's no doubt hard to understand why this is in the hidden folder; but isn't it at least just as strange that the Users Guide (and other places in the Help section I looked, there's no attempt to say how this sort of thing is managed?

     

    I hope you're on Apple's pay roll.

     

    Regards, Peter White.

  • 3. Re: How to delete a template
    Yellowbox Level 5 Level 5 (4,570 points)

    Hi Peter,

     

    Thanks for the feedback and gold star. Glad to help.

     

    It's no doubt hard to understand why this is in the hidden folder;

     

    That is Aunty Apple protecting us from idiots and malicious users of our **personal** computers.

     

    Users Guide (and other places in the Help section I looked, there's no attempt to say how this sort of thing is managed?

     

    Yes, the documentation lags behind the updates to OS X and Numbers.

     

    I hope you're on Apple's pay roll.

     

    Apple could double my pay and it would still be zero .

     

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • 4. Re: How to delete a template
    Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,180 points)

    "isn't it at least just as strange that the Users Guide (and other places in the Help section I looked, there's no attempt to say how this sort of thing is managed?"

     

    Hi Peter,

     

    Page 249, Numbers '09 User Guide, located by searching 'delete file':

     

     

    Saving  a  Custom  Template

    You can save your new template so that it appears in the Template Chooser.

    To save a custom template:

    1. Choose File > “Save as Template.”
    2. Type a name for the template.
    3. Make sure the folder named My Templates appears in the Where pop-up menu of the Save window.

      The  template  is  saved  in  your  home  folder  in  the  following  subfolder  structure:  Library/ Application Support/iWork/Numbers/Templates/My Templates/. It appears in the My Templates pane of the Template Chooser.

    4. Click Save.
      To delete a custom template, in the Finder navigate to the folder in which you saved

      the template, and drag the template to the Trash.

     

    (Emphasis—bold italics—added)

    What's missing is information on the location of "the folder in which you saved the template," and how to get there if that location is your (user) Library.

     

    The addition of the option key requirement to reach the (User) Library was added with OS X v10.7 (Lion). As Ian notes, it takes a while for the documentation to catch up.

     

    (You'll also find the option key is key to reaching Save As... in Numbers, Pages, and other applications following Apple's current practices.)

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • 5. Re: How to delete a template
    peterwhi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. I learnt quite a lot out of asking that question. Must do it more often. It's fascinating how in spite of such advances in technology, it's so difficult to reach perfection. In the end it is the looking after each other that works. Regards, Peter White.