[Solved] Move the Templates folder somewhere else

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[Solved] Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby Paddy Landau » Wed May 13, 2009 3:58 pm

I searched these forums but didn't find an answer; and my OO help system has mysteriously stopped working.

I want to change the folder where I keep my templates. At present, my templates are stored in
/home/paddy/.openoffice.org/3/user/template

However, I want them in
/home/paddy/Templates/OpenOffice

I created the new directory and copied all the templates to the new directory.
I went to OO, Tools -> Options... -> Oopenoffice.org -> Paths
I edited the "Templates" path, removing everything that was there and putting in the new path
/home/paddy/Templates/OpenOffice

However, it continues to use the old folder. If I change a template in the new folder, then OpenOffice still uses the old folder when I open a new document with that template. Likewise, if I delete a template from the old folder, then OpenOffice complains when I try to open a template.

What have I missed?

(I use Ubuntu Hardy 8.04 and OpenOffice 3.1.0)
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Re: Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby Hagar Delest » Wed May 13, 2009 4:05 pm

You shouldn't move directly files in the templates location. Use the File>Templates>Organize dialog and import the templates in the new folder. I've not tried yet but it should work.
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Re: Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby Paddy Landau » Fri May 15, 2009 3:19 pm

Hagar de l'Est wrote:You shouldn't move directly files in the templates location. Use the File>Templates>Organize dialog and import the templates in the new folder. I've not tried yet but it should work.

Well, I struggled to figure out what to do. For future reference, here's how I managed to make it work.

  1. Exit all instances of OpenOffice, including QuickStarter if you have it.
  2. Physically moved my templates from ~/openoffice.org/3/user/template to ~/Templates (and made a backup just in case things went screwy).
  3. In OpenOffice, went to Tools -> Options -> Paths -> Templates, replaced everything there with my desired path /home/paddy/Templates.
  4. Still in OpenOffice, went to File -> Templates -> Organize -> Commands -> Update.
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Re: [Solved] Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby Hagar Delest » Fri May 15, 2009 5:35 pm

Paddy Landau wrote:went to File -> Templates -> Organize -> Commands -> Update.

That should spare some time for other users indeed, thanks for that information!
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Re: [Solved] Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby mike_hurley_1 » Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:40 am

A quick note on this...
On Windows anyway, after you switch the paths you want in the options dialog I also had to make sure to exit the Quickstarter in the systray.
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Re: [Solved] Move the Templates folder somewhere else

Postby Paddy Landau » Sat Aug 15, 2009 12:33 pm

mike_hurley_1 wrote:I also had to make sure to exit the Quickstarter in the systray.

Thanks, Mike. That's true of Linux too.

I've changed my post to reflect that new information.
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