Creating a template from a document
To create a template from a document:
- Open a new or existing document of the type you want to make into a template (text document, spreadsheet, drawing, presentation).
- Add the content and styles that you want.
- From the main menu, choose File > Templates > Save. The Templates dialog opens.
- In the New template field, type a name for the new template.
- In the Categories list, click the category to which you want to assign the template. The category you choose has no effect on the template itself; it is simply the folder in which you save the template. Choosing an appropriate category makes it easier to find the template easily when you want to use it. For example, you might save Impress templates under the Presentations category. To learn more about template folders, see
- Click OK to save the new template.
Saving a new template.
Any settings that can be added to or modified in a document can be saved in a template. For example, below are some of the settings (although not a full list) that can be included in a Writer document and then saved as a template for later use:
- Printer settings: which printer, single sided / double sided, and paper size, and so on
- Styles to be used, including character, page, frame, numbering and paragraph styles
- Format and settings regarding indexes, tables, bibliographies, table of contents
Templates can also contain predefined text, saving you from having to type it every time you create a new document. For example, a letter template may contain your name, address and salutation.
You can also save menu and toolbar customizations in templates; see Chapter 14 (Customizing OpenOffice.org) for more information.