template changer Template Changer

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A document template once set cannot be changed afterwards. This extension allows to set another template, to deactivate, reactivate and completely cut the connection to it, for single files or directories.

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This extension will add two new items to the File Templates menu:

New menu items are:

  • File Templates Change template (current document)...

  • File Templates Change template (folder)...

In both cases you have the choices:

  • set a template (which replaces a former one)

  • deactivate the template: future changes of the template will not affect the document

  • reactivate the template: changes of the template will again affect the document

  • cut the connection to template completely

There is a help in English, German and French, available from buttons in the dialogs.

This extension didn’t work for some years, the extension DocumentTemplateChanger was a substitute, now it is possible to add a new version to the original extension. Please remove an old installation with version less than 2.0.0 manually if there is one.


Release List

  • Release Description Compatibility Operating Systems License Release notes  
  • 2.0.1 corrected wrong references 6.3 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

    Version 2.0.0. was built from a predecessor which had to have a different name for technical reasons. Unfortunately it still contained references to this predecessor which weren’t noticed because it was still installed when the new version was tested. This especially resulted in the fact that the repository case didn’t work. These references have been corrected.

  • 2.0.0 6.3 Linux, Windows, macOS AL

    This version corrects the code of 1.2.6, which no longer worked due to a change in LibreOffice. The funcionality has been somewhat extended.

  • 1.2.6 1.2.6 (2011/01/??)
    - allow to store new files to a subdirectory of the existing files when
    running in batch but subdirectories are not processed
    - keep the batch parameter dialog open, if some of the input data are
    not correct (e.g. path
    3.3 LGPL

    This Release can not be used with LibO 4.0 and later. For known problems with this extension or if you want to report a new issue please see LibreOffice Bugzilla


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Template Changer

A document template once set cannot be changed afterwards. This extension allows to set another template, to deactivate, reactivate and completely cut the connection to it, for single files or directories.



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  • Peter T 24.10.2021, 12:43 (vor 34 Tage)

    It is not a full replacement for Template Changer, nor is it intended to be a competitor: If you just want to apply the styles of a document template quickly and comfortably, you might want to have a look at my extension StyleSwitcher:

  • Paul Beyard 16.04.2021, 20:06 (vor 8 Monate)

    This crashes in VB. LO (Win10 x64) at the VB line 'GlobalScope.DialogLibraries.LoadLibrary("TemplateChanger")' with the error message 'com.sun.star.container.NoSuchElementException
    Message: .'

    A quick look at the LO help for DialogLibraries reveals nothing helpful. If anyone has solved this problem, I'd be grateful to learn how. Thanks.

    • Paul Beyard 27.04.2021, 03:35 (vor 7 Monate)

      I seem to have corrected the problem by changing the line that produced the error to this line: 'BasicLibraries.LoadLibrary("TemplateChanger")'

      I am new to LO Basic Programming; there is a lot about the object model I don't yet understand. So I can't explain why this works.

  • Rob Hammond 07.10.2020, 03:55 (vor 14 Monate)

    Issue still exists for me in LibreOffice on OS X.

    Works fine on single files, but not folders. I am able to work around changing templates on entire folders by using Open Office with Template Changer extension.

    • Gerhard Weydt 29.10.2020, 15:18 (vor 13 Monate)

      This extension was no longer working since years ago, its author could not be reached, and another person was not allowed to add a new version. So I created a substitute called “Document Template Changer”. When the tool for managing extensions was changed to Silverstripe, and when in addition this substitute was not available for unknown reasons, it was decided that I take over the ownership of the old extension. I created the version 2.0.0 from my extension, but unfortunately left references to it, which did not show because that extension was still active during the tests.
      Moreover, I suddenly had no longer any access to both my extensions, it’s only last weekend that I got the message that they were available again. Only then did I look again at them and saw your comments.
      A new version 2.0.1 has now been added which should work again, according to my tests.

  • Tor-Ivar Krogsæter 02.09.2020, 15:34 (vor 15 Monate)

    I have the exact same problem on Win10 with LibreOffice, as does a friend of mine with version 6.4.6. I just updated LibreOffice to version, and the same problem applies here. Were it not for that, I would have given the extension five stars, as I have enjoyed it for a long time.

    • Gerhard Weydt 29.10.2020, 15:19 (vor 13 Monate)

      see my reply to Rob Hammond

  • Rob 21.07.2020, 18:49 (vor 16 Monate)

    Using LibreOffice 6.3 or 6.4 & template changer 2.0 on OSX, it works for me on single files, but I am unable to get it to work on folders. The list of templates is blank and I cannot select input/output folders.

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