About this article
Templafy Desktop is the client Templafy uses to deploy add-ins for MS Office. This article will explain how to install it in local machine, in current user context, with multiple authentication methods and Citrix/RDS environment. Furthermore, you'll find Templafy Desktop installation paths and Templafy Desktop registry entries.
Sections in this article:
- Installation in Current User context
- Installation in Local Machine context
- Installation with multiple authentication methods
- Templafy Desktop Installation Paths
- Templafy Desktop Registry Entries
- Installation of Templafy Desktop on Citrix/RDS environments
- Un-installing Templafy Desktop
- How to troubleshoot installation of Templafy Desktop
Installation in Current User context
Templafy Desktop installs as default into Current User context (HKCU) and the .msi installer does not require admin rights for installation.
MSIEXEC /i TemplafyDesktop.[tenant].msi /quiet
Central Deployment using SCCM
Templafy Desktop can be centrally distributed by using the parameter ALLUSERS="1" that should be added when deploying via SCCM. Additionally the "Installation behavior" within "User Experience" should be set to "Install for system".
Run this command in an Admin/Elevated prompt or using SCCM:
MSIEXEC /i TemplafyDesktop.[tenant].msi ALLUSERS="1" /quiet
For every user that logs into the targeted PC, Templafy Desktop will start in the Current User context. This is to ensure that many of Templafy's features will be able to run without requiring admin rights or changing permissions on shared folders.
The Templafy Desktop.msi will download the Client version to
%programdata% which is shared between users on a machine and holds non-office specific features, such as:
- Offline Synchronization
- Font Distribution.
The client version will then install the VSTO addin into
%localappdata% and sync offline files to this location, as all users do not necessarily have access to the same files.
Installation with multiple authentication methods
If you have more than one authentication method in Templafy that redirects to different SSO forests, you need a specific URL to initiate the SP-Login.
If you, for instance, have showcase.templafy.com as tenant name, and have two authentication methods:
Then you need to install Templafy Desktop with the following parameter:
MSIEXEC /i TemplafyDesktop.[tenant].msi AUTHENTICATIONMETHOD=[authentication tenant] /quiet
where [authentication tenant] would be "showcasedenmark" or "showcasesweden"
Example of installing the above example for Danish users:
MSIEXEC /i TemplafyDesktop.showcase.msi AUTHENTICATIONMETHOD="showcasedenmark" /quiet
Templafy Desktop Installation Paths
In HKLM %programfiles(x86)%\Templafy\Desktop
The Templafy Desktop Host is installed in this location
In HKCU %localappdata%\Templafy\Desktop
The Templafy Desktop Host is installed in this location
The Templafy Desktop Client is installed in this location
The addins for Office is installed here via Templafy Desktop Client
Email Signatures created via the Templafy addins are stored here. In the native Signatures folder for Outlook (“…\Signatures” may change depending on Office language installations and version)
Log files related to TemplafyDesktop is stored in this location (when updating)
All assets (images, texts, shapes) inserted via Templafy add-ins are stored here temporarily. After the user exits the Office application using them, they will get deleted.
Templafy Desktop Registry Entries
The Registry Keys are stored in
[HKCU or HKLM\SOFTWARE\Templafy] based on how Templafy Desktop was installed, i.e if it is installed in local machine or current user context.
Installation of Templafy Desktop on Citrix/RDS environments
To install Templafy Desktop on Citrix/RDS environment, please have a read about it: Templafy Desktop for server mode (Templafy Hive)
Un-installing Templafy Desktop
When Templafy Desktop is installed for all users on a computer (Local Machine installation or
ALLUSERS="1") by an administrator it will run whenever a user logs in. Templafy Desktop, in this mode, downloads and installs packages, registry keys, offline content etc., in the users' own profile directory on the computer (the Local App Data or
If an administrator decides to uninstall Templafy Desktop, for whatever reason, the data downloaded for each of the other users' will not be removed as part of the uninstall. This is because the administrator cannot remove data from another users' profile, which is potentially taking up a significant amount of disk space.
Templafy Desktop version 1.9 x and later versions is bundled with a dedicated uninstaller named TemplafyDesktopUninstaller.exe, which is able to clean up the data for each user. This uninstaller is a standalone executable file without any external dependencies.
When an administrator un-installs Templafy Desktop, this uninstaller will be copied into each users' profile directory, provided they have logged in at some point and actually run Templafy Desktop. The uninstaller will run once and only once for each user, when they log in after Templafy Desktop has been uninstalled.
Since Templafy Desktop is no longer installed, the uninstaller will remove all the data previously downloaded, after which it will remove itself.
In the event where Templafy Desktop is uninstalled and afterwards reinstalled, the uninstaller will still be registered, however in this case it will detect Templafy Desktop is installed (by looking in the registry for the
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Templafy key), and simply just remove itself.
How to troubleshoot installation of Templafy Desktop
If any issues arise during the installation of TemplafyDesktop.msi, please add the below switch to add logging which will help to troubleshoot the installation: