[Solved] Applying a different template

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[Solved] Applying a different template

Postby Al Stevens » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:58 pm

I have documents written using a template with custom styles. I wish to apply a different template to the documents with custom styles of the same name but with different formatting. An example of this usage would be a manuscript converted to e-book then print interior formats. Here's how I do it now:
  1. Copy the original document's content to the clipboard
  2. Open a new blank document with the alternate template
  3. Paste the document contents into the new document
Is there a more elegant way to do that? I searched the docs and didn't find the topic addressed.
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Re: Applying a different template

Postby thomasjk » Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:20 pm

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Re: Applying a different template

Postby Al Stevens » Thu Nov 29, 2012 12:20 am

Thanks, Tom. My way is simpler. The template changer extension requires the user to find where the template file itself is in the disk system then navigate to it. Unless I'm doing something wrong, of course. The other template commands give the user a dialog with the categories and names of templates. I'm writing a tutorial for non-texhnical readers who are authors. The template change extension would be a bit overwhelming for them.
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Re: Applying a different template

Postby acknak » Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:07 am

I believe you could use Insert > File in place of the open/copy/paste. I'm not sure it's better, since new users are probably comfortable with copy/paste, but it does require fewer steps.
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Re: Applying a different template

Postby thomasjk » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:56 am

If you change the settings under Tools-->Options-->Openoffice.org-->General to "Use Openoffice Dialogs" then when you use the Template changer the user is taken directly to the templates. See attached screen shot.
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Re: Applying a different template

Postby Al Stevens » Thu Nov 29, 2012 8:48 am

Both suggestions are better than what I'm doing. Thanks.
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