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Libre Office Set Default Page Layout Paper Size Field

asked 2019-11-09 07:27:41 +0100

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updated 2019-11-09 07:56:59 +0100

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I click:


  1. Format
  2. The Paper Format windows pops up
  3. I set Format to A4
  4. I set Width to 8.27"
  5. I set Height to 11.27"
  6. Margins are set a 0.79" and I don't change them.
  7. I click Apply and OK.


  1. I click File > New > Templates
  2. I create a My Templates, name it JAPAN A4 and right click and save as Default.


  1. I click File > New Text Doc
  2. I enter text
  3. I click File > Print and the Page Layout Paper Size field is defaults to Letter 8.50in x 11.00in. But the Left side Preview window is set to 8.27(Letter) and 11.69in which are A4 dimensions. I can drop down the Paper size menu and change to A4 but I don't drop it down. I print and the printer prints out A4 sized paper.
  4. I drop down the Page Layout Paper size menu and select A4. The left side Preview window dimensions now change to 8.27(A4) and 11.69in.

When I click File > Print or Ctrl + P to print I want the Page Layout Paper Size field to be defaulted to A4 8.27in x 11.69in., not Letter 8.50in x 11.00in.

What am I doing incorrectly?

(edited 2019-11-09 by ajlittoz for formatting)

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answered 2019-11-09 08:14:03 +0100

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You may have mistyped step B.1. It should read File>Templates>Save as Template.

The flaw is in step C.1. The command to use is File>New>Templates so that your new document is based on the selected template.

Alternatively, in File>Templates>Manage Templates, you can right-click on a template and Set As Default. After that, File>New>Text Document will implicitly create documents based on your template.

Your confusion may come from a M$ Word procedure where you must create a file to override the "system" one. There is no such file with Writer. The feature is more versatile, allowing you to have many templates, each one dedicated to a specific use.

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Thank you very much for your detailed answer. I'll review my settings.

tyo1981 gravatar imagetyo1981 ( 2019-11-11 16:06:07 +0100 )edit

answered 2019-11-09 13:50:50 +0100

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Have you told LibO that you have A4 paper in your printer? On my system that would be FILE > PRINTER SETTINGS > choose your printer if you have several. > PROPERTIES > A4.

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Thank you for your answer. I'll make sure that LibO knows I have A4 paper.

tyo1981 gravatar imagetyo1981 ( 2019-11-11 16:04:46 +0100 )edit
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