Can't change the page margins in my default template

I go to File / Templates / Manage Templates / Default / Edit.
The Page layout menu is grayed out under “Format / Page” so I give up.

Next I try to create a new with my desired Page Margins and I overwrite
C:\Program Files\LibreOffice\share\template\common\styles\
But to no avail, because when I then create a new document it does not respect
my custom margins from

Is the world evil?

It looks like you did not set your template as the default. Do it. Merely naming it as is not enough.

To set a template as “defaul”:

  • go to File > Templates > Manage Templates,
  • find the template you want to set as “default”,
  • right-click on it and choose Set As Default.

A “check” icon will now appear with it to show it is the designated default.

David, thanks for amending my answer!

Hmm, I’ve verified that the template does indeed sport the “default” tick mark, but it doesn’t get invoked.
For example I’ll right-click on the “windows desktop” and select “New - OpenDocument Text”, but the document does not inherit my customized margins from the template. Yet when I check the template itself I can see the custom margins are there. I’m using

This is weird, if I create a new document as described in my comment directly above then my default template fails to apply, however if I create a new document from Start / All-Programs / LibreOffice / Writer, then the template inherits just fine! I’m thinking there must be another setting for this somewhere?

Your comment that you are using right click on Windows desktop - New - OpenDocument Text to create a new document is the source of your problem.

When you use the right click context menu New for OpenDocument Text it does not use the default template set for a writer document. There are a set of different templates used for this. They are located at Program Files\LibreOffice (ver)\share\template\shellnew. For a Writer document it is soffice.odt - a file and not a template. You will need to modify this. Some people have reported that spellcheck does not work on documents created using the context menu.

Thanks for the explanation and WOW that’s bad-dog feature! My googling certainly wasn’t quite Zen enough to blow through this TEST.

The problem was that default templates don’t work when creating a new document by right-clicking in a folder and then selecting “New OpenDocument Text”.

It is necessary to start LibreOffice Writer from the Windows START button menu’s instead, and then select NEW document.

Looks to be a bug.