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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?

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  • 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
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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.

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  • 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

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