I have created a SharePoint library that contains various Word .dot templates. Can I force Word to open a .doc file when clicking on the .dot file in the SharePoint library, as it would do if I double-clicked (or right-click and choose New) the .dot template in Windows Explorer?
The normally suggested work-around for template documents is to set read-only rights to all users but one admin account (that will have full control).
This way, users will get a read only version of the item in word. If they edit and try to save, they will be forced to save as a new file.