How to Use Templates in OpenOffice


OpenOffice is a free, open-source suite of programs created by Sun Microsystems to give people a free alternative to traditional Microsoft Office programs. OpenOffice offers users word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation programs that look and feel like Microsoft Office so users won't be completely thrown off. Part of the power of OpenOffice is the availability of templates, which can be created by anyone and then shared with all users of Open Office to help users be more efficient.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access
  • OpenOffice program
  • Download OpenOffice ( to your computer. Once the execute file downloads, double-click it and follow the setup instructions to install.

  • Go to (see References). Click in the search box on the left-hand side of the screen and type the type of template you are looking for. For example, if you are looking for a calendar for your organization, you would type "Calendar." Click on the "Search" button.

  • Scroll down the list of templates that are found by your search terms. When you find the one you like, click "Use It" to download that template to your hard drive.

  • Go to your computer's download folder to find the file. Double-click the folder to open. OpenOffice will open and display the template.

  • Work with the template as much as you need to. When you are ready, click on "File" at the top of the screen and click on the "Save" command. Type the name of the file in the text box and click on the "Save" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • There are many templates, so don't have to settle for something that only "kind of" works. The odds are that you will be able to find exactly what you are looking for.
  • Since the templates download as files, they won't remain on your computer unless you save them. Make sure you save your work or you may end up having to redo all the entries you made in the template.

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