Can't get default template to save

I have followed the directions available several times, but it won’t save my default template for Writer. And it’s not like I have anything complicated to change, I just want a different font. Version:

I have followed the directions available

You’ve made a mistake on page 32. (So I was told by my magic crystal ball - it can’t be wrong with which directions you followed and what specifically you did.)

I looked again, page 32 is a recipe for oatmeal cookies.

Asking a bad question and adding a stupid comment is, of course, the right way of getting help.


if you want to change your font and create a new default template perform (my recipe for oatmeal cookies).

  • Open an empty new writer document
  • Go to Styles -> Manage Styles – or – F11
  • Click on icon Paragraph Styles (1st icon beneath word Styles)
  • Right click -> Modify... on Default Style
  • Select tab Font in the following dialog
  • Set your desired Family / Style / Size and click OK
  • File -> Templates -> Save as Template
  • Add a Template Name (e.g. MyWriterDefault)
  • Select a Template Category (e.g. My Templates)
  • Important Tick [x] Set as default template
  • Click Save button
  • Close your Writer document (you don’t need to save it once more)
  • Open a new Writer document and check whether your new setting got applied.

Tested using LibreOffice:

Version:,Build ID: 60da17e045e08f1793c57c00ba83cdfce946d0aa
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 4.12; UI render: default; VCL: kde5;
Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US,Calc: threaded

Hope that helps.

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Sigh…nope. :frowning:

Sigh … no description why you failed, what error message you get and what you finally really did. Are you expecting anybody here to have second sight about your failure? Go to comment of @gabix

I don’t know why it failed. If I knew that, I would fix it. I try everything that’s listed, but when I open a new document it doesn’t show the “new” default, it shows the “old” one. Despite none of the instructions saying to restart my PC after a few times of following the instructions failed, and that didn’t work either.

I can’t give you more information, because there isn’t any.

I can’t give you more information, because there isn’t any.

Until now, we even don’t know your operating system. We don’t know your path settings from LibreOffice Tools -> Options- LibreOffice -> Path -> Type: Templates. We don’t know whether your new template is shown as default in File -> Templates -> Manage Templates ... (indicated by a check mark at the upper left corner of the thumbnail), we don’t know anything about the content of the your Templates directory, we don’t know whether you have reset your LibreOffice user profile … and you are telling you got no information to share?

An even simpler trick than @anon73440385’s correct answer, provided you didn’t change yet Default Style paragraph style:

  • go to Tools>Options

  • open LibreOffice Writer>Basic Fonts (Western)

  • set the desired fonts and sizes for various contexts

    Heading controls all headings styled with Heading n, Index all indexes and TOC, Caption auto-generated image captions, List all lists styles with List x or Numbering x styles and Default is for the rest.

Playing with these settings, you don’t need to play with templates or other advanced features. They are forwarded into the factory-default template ans styles.

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EDIT: After I did this again, and restarted, it worked. Thank you!