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frame background color in template: Are there frame styles?

asked 2017-02-24 23:37:43 +0200

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updated 2017-02-24 23:44:37 +0200

I was looking for a frame in template, whose background color can be controlled by custom style. I don't see Frame style, but it does has frame content style. I see frame content style which is more related to text in the frame. I want header color and frame background color to be same. If tomorrow, I want to change it to different color, I can change it easily. Appreciate any input.

I was reading a libreoffice book - "Designing with Libreoffice", it says it is mandatory to register the template. Is it still valid?

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answered 2017-02-25 08:15:43 +0200

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Indeed frames have styles but they cannot be directly accessed from some specific menu item.

Open the styles panel with F11 or Format->Styles and Formatting. The frame styles are listed when you click on the third icon from the left in the toolbar.

As you can see, there are very few built-in styles. Feel free to define those you need.

Template: from the start, it is only a document like any other. It becomes a template only after you save it as an .ott file. Juste double-click on its icon and it opens a new untitled standard document.

Caveat! Whenever you modify your template, it is once again considered a normal document by LO and you must "save it as ..." an .ott file so that the changes are incorporated into the template.

Register: the term is ambiguous. A document becomes a template when it is saved as .ott. "Register" may also mean "integrate" the template into the LO implicitly known template set, so that File->New->From templates (exact wording from last item varies with LO version) shows your preferred templates (usually from My Templates). Templates can be managed by LO without the need for fiddling with complex procedures.

However, the templates directory is usually deeply burried in a hidden configuration directory which is not convenient when you move things around. You can change or augment the default location through Tools->Options..., item Libre Office->Paths. Click on the Templates line and Edit....

For instance, the desktop.org specification now defines a Templates folder in the user directory for that purpose.

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Cool!. It works. More questions get and More nice answers and my confidence in the tool increases. Thank you for the help.:)

pjms9 gravatar imagepjms9 ( 2017-02-25 14:50:54 +0200 )edit

Caveat! Whenever you modify your template, it is once again considered a normal document by LO and you must "save it as ..." an .ott file so that the changes are incorporated into the template.

Not true. If you open the template (ott) by e.g. double-click, then you don't open the template, but create a new document based on the template. Of course, you may change this new document and save as to overwrite the template, but proper way is to open template using File->Open.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2017-02-25 17:58:41 +0200 )edit
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