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The file that you get when you open a new file is actually a copy of the default template. Therefore:-

  1. Create a new file (Menu:-File New) (Ctrl+N)
  2. modify the settings to meet your desire
  3. Save-as template (Menu:-File Templates Save as Templates...)

Simple!

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The file that you get when you open a new file is actually a copy of the default template. Therefore:-

  1. Create a new file (Menu:-File New) (Ctrl+N)
  2. modify the settings to meet your desire
  3. Save-as template (Menu:-File Templates Save as Templates...)

Simple!

(added later)
my version is v4.4.4.3. I notice that the official Help doesn't actually match the menu options. For the sake of completeness, here is that help:

To Create a Default Template
1. Create a document and the content and formatting styles that you want.
2. Choose File - Save As Template.
3. In the New Template box, type a name for the new template.
4. In the Categories list, select "My Templates", and then click OK.
5. Choose File - New - Templates.
6. Double-click the "My Templates" folder.
7. Click on the template that you created, and click Set as Default.
8. Close the dialog.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).

The file that you get when you open a new file is actually a copy of the default template. Therefore:-

  1. Create a new file (Menu:-File New) (Ctrl+N)
  2. modify the settings to meet your desire
  3. Save-as template (Menu:-File Templates Save as Templates...)

Simple!

(added later)
my version is v4.4.4.3. I notice that the official Help doesn't actually match the menu options. For the sake of completeness, here is that help:

To Create a Default Template
1. Create a document and the content and formatting styles that you want.
2. Choose File - Save As Template.
3. In the New Template box, type a name for the new template.
4. In the Categories list, select "My Templates", and then click OK.
5. Choose File - New - Templates.
6. Double-click the "My Templates" folder.
7. Click on the template that you created, and click Set as Default.
8. Close the dialog.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).

The file that you get when you open a new file is actually a copy of the default template. template (added later: that template is either the built-in default template, or a template file set by the user as the default). Therefore:-

  1. Create a new file file
    (Menu:-File New) (Ctrl+N)
  2. modify the settings to meet your desire
  3. Save-as template template
    (Menu:-File Templates Save as Templates...)
  4. Set that Template as the default
    (Menu:-File Templates Manage) (Ctrl+Shift+N)

Simple!

(added later)
my version is v4.4.4.3. I notice that the official Help doesn't actually match the menu options. For the sake of completeness, here is that help:

To Create a Default Template
1. Create a document and the content and formatting styles that you want.
2. Choose File - Save As Template.
3. In the New Template box, type a name for the new template.
4. In the Categories list, select "My Templates", and then click OK.
5. Choose File - New - Templates.
6. Double-click the "My Templates" folder.
7. Click on the template that you created, and click Set as Default.
8. Close the dialog.

Final Note:
This is the OpenOffice Wiki on Templates:
(OpenOffice) Writer_Guide/Setting_a_default_template

Please note that, unlike OpenOffice (see the wiki link above), LO does not seem to provide any means to revert the default template from a file back to the built-in template.

If this helps then please tick the answer (✔).