Saturday, March 31, 2012

Working with Templates in LibreOffice

If you write reports or other documents that need a common style and format, the obvious thing to do is to use Templates.


LibreOffice allows you to save document as a Template:


Go to File > Templates > Save 



Click on My Templates and give it a name eg "Standard Report Template"



Then if you want you can set it as your default template:

Go to File > Templates > Organize, click into My Templates, and then on the saved Template, right clicl and select "Set As Default Template"





And all is good.


Except.


What if you have a bunch of documents and you need to change the template on already created docs?


Well first, you need to get the template changer from
http://extensions.libreoffice.org/extension-center/template-changer


When it downloads it doesn't have an extension, so you need to add ".oxt". Then goto Tools > Extension Manager



Click 'Add', select the .oxt file, and click Open.



You'll need to restart LibreOffice for the Extension to take effect.


Afterwards you'll notice two new options under Templates: Assign





This allows you to assign a template to an existing open doc, or to an entire folder.



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