Ade Malsasa Akbar contact
Senior author, Open Source enthusiast.
Sunday, August 5, 2018 at 16:21

In LibreOffice 6.0, Impress default template changed to 16:9 from previously 4:3 page size. We can change this back to 4:3, and even switch to another template as the default. The result we get is: Impress will always create new presentation based on template we chose. Surprisingly, it's pretty easy:

Another Template as Default

1) Create new presentation
2) Go to menu File > Templates > Manage Templates
3) Select a template > for example select "Vintage" > right-click > Set As Default > Open.
4) Close all opened LibreOffice windows.
5) Open Impress again.
6) Done, every new presentation now using your selected template.

Every new document now uses new template ("Vintage")

Back to 4:3 Size as Default

This is intended for LibreOffice 6.0 only:

1) Create new presentation
2) You see the default blank template is 16:9 wide size, with 54px title, 42px main text; while prior to 6.0 version it is 4:3 wide size with 44px title, 36px main text.
3) Go to Properties panel (right) > Slide > Format > select "Screen 4:3".
4) Change the title size to 44px, and main text size to 36px.
5) Go to menu File > Templates > Save As Template > give it name "Default" > select category "My Templates" > give check mark to Set as default template > OK.
6) Close all opened LibreOffice windows.
7) Open Impress again.
8) Done, now it's back to the previous template from LibreOffice 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0.

Measurements for our default blank template

Editing and saving new default template
That's all. If you need more changes, just edit steps above.

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