where is the normal template located?

I want to disable (deselect) the UK English dictionary so that when I open a doc, only US English will be used. Yes, I can and did make a normal odt, but want it permanently stored in its correct location in my LO program folders.

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LibreOffice does not use an equivalent of msoffice “normal.dot” file, it uses templates and gives you the possibility to set your favorite template as the default template. To proceed, set a blank document as you like (in your case, edit the paragraph style called Predefined to set the text language), then go to File → Template → Save as Template, give it a name and don’t forget to check the option to set that template as the default one. You can later manage templates on File → Template → Manage Templates.

The location of your templates can be seen on Tools → Options → LibreOffice → Paths.

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If your goal is only to set your personal default language, Tools>Options, Language Settings>Languages and choose one from Default language for documents, Western drop-down menu.

This setting is saved in your user profile and survives close-reopen.

Of course, it will not apply to existing document; it becomes active for new ones.

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