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Basic question, but I want to enable page templates. I have one theme which has page templates enabled. I switched to another but there is no option to change the template, even when creating a new page. How do I switch this option on? I've had a root around on the Codex and forum but can't find it.

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Chances are that the theme you've switched to has no page templates defined - they exist on a per theme basis.

Here's the Codex reference: http://codex.wordpress.org/Pages#Page_Templates

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Thanks. Looks like what I wanted to do is not possible. I have a widget that sits in the sidebar which searches a webservice. The results go into a custom template which as you say has to be built on a theme by theme basis. So it will never be a generic widget. –  JohnnyBizzle Mar 21 '11 at 16:11
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