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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Editing a template

You can edit a template’s styles and content, and then, if you wish, you can reapply the template’s styles to documents that were created from that template.


You can only reapply styles. You cannot reapply content.

To edit a template:

  1. From the main menu, choose File > Templates > Organize. The Template Management window opens (see Figure 260).


  1. In the box on the left, double-click the folder containing the template that you want to edit. A list of all the templates contained in that folder appears underneath the folder name.

  2. Click the template that you want to edit.

  3. Click the Commands button.

  4. From the drop-down menu, choose Edit. The Template Management window closes and the selected template opens in Writer.

  5. Edit the template just as you would any other document. To save your changes, choose File > Save from the main menu.

The next time that you open a document that was created from the changed template, the following message appears.


Click Yes to apply the template’s changed styles to the document. Click No if you do not want to apply the template’s changed styles to the document. Whichever option you choose, the message box closes and the document opens in Writer.


Automatic updating from a template did not work in OOo2.0.2. This bug was fixed in OOo 2.0.3. To re-enable updating in files created using OOo 2.0.2:

  1. Use Tools > Macros > Organize Macros > Basic. Select the document from the list, click the +, and select Standard. If Standard has a + beside it, click that and select a module.

  2. Name the macro. For example, you could call it FixDocument. If the Edit button is active, click it. If the Edit button is not active, click New, type a module name in the pop-up dialog, and click OK.

  3. In the Basic window, enter the following:

Sub FixDocument

TemplateName = ThisComponent.DocumentInfo.Template

if TemplateName <> "" then

ThisComponent.DocumentInfo.Template = TemplateName

end if

End Sub

  1. Click the Run BASIC icon, then close the Basic window.

  2. Save the document.

Next time when you open this document you will have the update from template feature back.

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