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When I create a new rectangle from the Drawing toolbar in OpenOffice Impress 3.4.1, it has really ugly formatting (line color, line width, and fill color). I believe I inadvertently changed the default formatting for the shape. How do I change the formatting to a style I like better?

FWIW, the way to do it in PowerPoint is to right-click on an object whose format you like and select "Set as Default Shape".

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I'm using LibreOffice 4.4 but I believe I've done this on other version.

With nothing selected go to Format menu and set your preferences, or use the toolbar, reopening Impress will revert to default.

If you want something more permanent go to Format > Styles & Formatting [F11] and set your preferences to the Default style.

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