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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Creating a template from a document

To create a template from a document:

  1. Open a new or existing document you want to make into a template.

  2. Add the content and styles that you want.

  3. From the main menu, choose File > Templates > Save. The Templates dialog box opens (see Figure 258).

  1. In the New template field, enter a name for the new template.

  2. In the Categories list box, click the category to which you want to assign the template. (The category is simply the template folder in which you want to save the template. For example, to save the template in the “My Templates†folder, click the My Templates category.)

    To learn more about template folders, see “Organizing templates†on page 251.

  3. Click OK. Writer saves the new template and the Templates dialog box closes.

OOo 1.X previously used a “Default†folder in place of the new “My Templates†folder.


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 exhaustive) that can be included in a Writer document and then saved as a template for later use:

  • Printer settings: which printer, single-sided or double-sided, paper size, etc.

  • Styles to be used, including character, page, frame, numbering, and paragraph styles.

  • Format and settings regarding indexes, tables, bibliographies, table of contents.

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