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As already said LibreOffice does not use a default template file (like a for word).

However, to be complete, there is one used by the system (e.g. Windows). It makes a copy of a template document when doing from the explorer (or desktop) Right-click New Text OpenDocument (spreadsheet, drawing...).

LibreOffice do not use them on creating a document with File New.

The location of these templates (documents actually) depends on the version of LibreOffice, the system, the installation choices (installation for himself alone or for all users).

For Windows the path to these documents can be:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\LibreOffice 4\share\template\ShellNew (Windows 7)
  • C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Templates (Windows 7)
  • C:\Documents and Settings \All Users\Templates (XP)
  • C:\Documents and Settings\ username\Templates (XP)


  • It will have administrator rights to modify the document (Windows 7)
  • If you can not edit a document, you can usually paste and rename, so ​​just create the template elsewhere and paste it.
  • Relevant documents will be documents (.odt for example) and not templates.