I have a fresh install of SP 2019 on premise. It will not let me create a Word document in a document library from a document template in the Modern experience.
- Create a new document library
- Click the "+ New" button. It only offers to create a new Folder or Link
I check the Advanced settings of the doc lib. It says: Allow management of content types: No Template URL: Blabla/Forms/template.dotx
I try the Classic experience. Ah! This will let me create a document from a the library template. New document opens up in Word, but when I want to save it, Word asks me whereto? Of course I want to save it to the doclib, but Word has no idea about it.
- OK. Advanced settings again, I set Allow management of content types: Yes
The template is shaded because now templates are set on content types. In settings I can list and add content types. The Document content type is already there and in its advanced settings I see that its template is set to /Bla/Forms/template.dotx
Back to doclib to "+ New", but no this template is not in there, still only Folder and Link.
Back to settings to Add new content type. I pick "Empty Word (dotx)". It is by default set to use template "/Templates/template.dotx?csf=1&e=xGu815"
Back to list and "+ New". Aha, NOW I suddenly see BOTH the default template, and the new one I created.
I select to create a doc from the default "Document" content type. Then it does not open a new document in Word but adds a new Document to the document library. OK so I click it in the library to open, but then it downloads Document to my hard drive.
OK so I try to create a doc from my "Empty Word (dotx)" template, but then it just downloads template.dotx to my hard drive.
Am I missing something very basic here? Seems like document libraries should just work out of the box.