Displaying Your Personal Templates and Not Just Word's Templates
When starting a new document, you can choose from a variety of pre-loaded or downloadable templates that Microsoft makes available to you. But how do you display a list of Custom templates that you have created?
It is simple to do, but unfortunately Microsoft has not made it intuitive. The setting to do this is on the Option setting's Save dialog, which you access from the File menu.
If you are using a Windows version of Word, the Save options dialog looks like this:
At the bottom of the "Save documents" group of controls there is a place to insert the path to your "Default personal templates location."
Placing your custom templates in a specific folder and then listing that folder's full path in this text box, will tell Word to show the content of that folder when you select File > New > Custom from Word's ribbon.
If you are using a Mac version of Word (Office 2016, 2019, or Office 365) the File > Preference setting dialog for this is File Locations and you add the path to the item labeled "User templates."
File > New
With these done, the next time you select File > New (or on a Mac, File > New from Template) you will have the choice to either select from the built-in template collection or your Custom (labeled Personal on a Mac) collection of templates.
By-the-way, I think the behavior of selecting from your Custom/Personal template collection is much better on the Mac because it remembers your choice of which collection of templates you last used. The Windows version always returns to displaying the Featured collection, while the Mac version returns to the last collection used when you start a new document.
File > Feedback
If you are a Word for Windows user and would like to see Word remembering your last collection when starting a new document, then send the development team some feedback. To do that you use the File > Feedback control.
Your feedback goes directly to the Word development team at Microsoft … Honest it does!