Introduction

Open Document Format (ODF) Software provides inbuilt samples to prepare files like theme. It has some predefined set of fonts, colors setting, margins, designs etc.  User can use them for preparing their contents. User need not to worry about the format and design. User can just use the template and insert their contents in these samples. These samples are known as templates. They have some tables, design and inbuilt formats. 
Templates in MS Word 2013
MS word has some inbuilt templates such as resume, letters, brochure etc.

MS Word Templates 2013

It is available in starting screen of MS Word. Left side it displays recent documents and write side document templates. Select any one of them or search for online templates. Pick any template and use it.


Templates in OO Writer
Open office writer doesn’t have any templates in templates gallery. User has to download or use online template options. Follow these steps to use templates in OO Writer:
Step 1. Click on File → New → Templates and Documents option.
Step 2. A templates and documents – samples dialog box will appear as displayed in following screen:
Templates and Documents – Templates window of OO Writer
Step 3.  Now click on get more templates online link as highlighted in above screen. It will open a browser and web site to pick online template.
Step 4. Find the option or link in web page for Writer template and click on that. It will open following screen where user can select a template and download the template.
Online writer templates

Step 5. Click on particular template and and click on download template option. It will ask for save or open file with .ott extension. Choose save file option. In the following screen I have downloaded “Facsimile Message 1” template.

Online Template
Image Source: www.templates.openoffice.org
Step 6. Now open the saved file and use it.

Creating a template
To create a template decide the template layout and set desired formatting. 
Creating template in MS Word 2013
Step 1: Start MS Word 2013 and create new file. 
Step 2: Apply desired styles and formatting for the template.
Step 3: Click on save as option and choose file type as Word Template.
Step 4. Type proper file name of template and click on save option.

Creating template in OO Writer
Step 1. Start OO Writer and create new file.
Step 2. Apply desired styles and formatting for the template.
Step 3. Click on File → Templates → Save option.
Step 4. Type desired filename, choose category of template and click on save button.
Note: The default extension of OO Writer is .ott (ODF Text Document Template)

Set up a custom default template
In MS Word user cannot set the custom default template but user can change the layout and styles in Normal.dotm file. To do so follow these steps:
Set up a custom default template in MS word 2013
Step 1. Click on file open.
Step 2. Go to C:Usersuser nameAppDataRoamingMicrosoftTemplates.
Step 3. Open Normal.dotm template. 
Step 4. Do the desired changes in template.
Step 5. Save the file.

Set up a custom default template in OO writer
Step 1. Create a template.
Step 2.Click on File → Templates → Organize.
Step 3. Choose the folder of template.
Step 4. Select desired template to set as default template.
Set as custom template default
Step 5. Click on Command → Set as default template option.
Step 6. Now when new file is selected, the formatting will be applied to that document.
Step 7. Click on Close button.

Updating a document
In MS word steps remain same to update document template as set custom defaults.
Updating a document template in OO Writer:
Step 1. Create a template.
Step 2.Click on File → Templates → Organize.
Step 3. Choose the folder of template.
Step 4. Select desired template to update.
Step 5. Click on Command → Update option. (Refer above screen shot)
Step 6. Click close button.

Changing to a different template
                                              
User can change a template of a document at any time. To do so follow these steps:
MS Word:
Step 1. Open a document to change template.
Step 2. Click on File → Options.
File > Options in MS word 2013
Step 3. A new dialog box window will appear.
Step 4. Select Add ins → Template options from Manage combo box and click on Go button.
Manage template option in MS Word 2013


Step 5. Now templates and add ins dialog box will appear. 
Step 6. Please put a tick mark in front of Automatically update document styles options and click attach button.
Add ins templates dialog box MS Word 2013
Step 7. Now attach template dialog box will appear to select template document.
Step 8. Select document template from appropriate directory or folder.
Step 9. Click on OK Button.


OO Writer:
OO Writer provides two ways to change template of current document:
1. From OO Writer
2. Template changer extension Manager

1. Changing Template using OO Writer:
Step 1. Start OO writer and click File → New → Templates and Documents.
Step 2. Select desired template from the opened window. 
Step 3. Now open the document where template need to be changed.
Step 4. Select all contents by ctrl + A and copy them.
Step 5. Go to the document in which desired template was selected.
Step 6. Paste the copied contents. 
Step 7. Save the file. 
Note: You have to update table contents if available in document after pasting them in template. 

2. Changing template using template changer extension manager.
Step 1. Download the template changer extension manager and install it.
Step 2. Open OO writer and click File → New  Templates and Documents option.
Step 3. Now click on assign template (current document).
Step 4. Select template from the opened window to change.
Step 5. Save the file.

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