I've used MS office for many years now. Especially powerpoint. One of the strengths is that it defines and separates the concepts of template and theme. A theme can be saved and contains fonts, colours, and a set of images that can be reused every time you create a new presentation. This ensures that everyone in your organization uses exactly the same colours and fonts all the time. Now I know that you can download templates for LibreOffice, but I have not seen anything similar to the theme concept. The file extensions used in MS office are the following for the two concepts mentioned:

  • Example Powerpoint template file name: mytemplate.pptx
  • Example Powerpoint theme file name: mytheme.thmx

Now back to my question: Do these concepts and their separation exist in LibreOffice or OpenOffice? If so, how do I create them?

  • They certainly exist (google 'odt templates'), but the information online is very unclear. – evilsoup Nov 7 '13 at 12:46
  • Try templates.libreoffice.org/template-center and use the Categories dropdown menu to select "Presentation templates." – Denis Nov 10 '13 at 22:18

Yes, there is.

First create what you want your slide to look like, with the colours and fonts all correct. Then go to File -> Templates -> Save.

Give it a name, then click OK. The window will disappear. Then go to File -> Templates -> Organize.

A new window will open. Double click on the My Templates folder (on the left), then select by clicking the template you just made.

Click on Commands -> Set as Default Whenever you open a new LibreOffice Impress file, all the fonts / shapes / colours that you've set just now will be configured.

If you then send these instructions, along with the Impress template (saved in /home/USERNAME/Templates) to everyone else who need the style, you will all be using the same one.

  • Thanks for you answer. I will try that. The way I see it: what you describe is the very nature of a template. But I fail to see how a theme has it's own concept in this picture. The great thing with the theme concept is that you can take an already made presentation and apply a different theme (while keeping the same template). In this way you can easily switch the "brand" of the same presentation. – Dr. Mike Nov 22 '13 at 8:11

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.