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Posted: 18 Jul 2005
 

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Installing Templates

If you often create one type of document, you can use the GNOME desktop system to make it easier to quickly create a document based on your template. Follow the steps below to install your template and begin creating documents based on it.

  1. Create a document that you plan to use as a template. Make sure the body of the document is blank and ready to be used.
  2. Save the document to the /home/username/Templates folder. Note: If you have trouble finding this folder, open a Nautilus Browser window (right-click the Computer icon on your desktop and select Browse Folder), and select Go -> Templates. Save your template to your desktop and drag it into this folder.

  3. To use the template, right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Create Document, OR in a Nautilus Browser window select File -> Create Document. You will see a list of all the templates saved in your Templates folder. Click one of these templates.

  4. An icon will appear ready to be renamed. Rename the file icon to the new name of your document.

  5. Double-click the file icon to open it and begin creating a document based on your template.

The template system described here is different from the template system OpenOffice.org natively uses. To correctly save a template in OpenOffice.org and use all of the template features, from the OpenOffice.org main menu select File -> Template -> Save. Then to open your template, open an OpenOffice.org application and select File -> New -> Templates and Documents.


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