Bug 121132 - Draw and Impress default templates clobber each other
Summary: Draw and Impress default templates clobber each other
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: LibreOffice
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Impress (show other bugs)
(earliest affected) release
Hardware: All All
: medium normal
Assignee: Not Assigned
Depends on:
Blocks: Templates
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Reported: 2018-11-02 17:05 UTC by wpeaton4
Modified: 2021-07-19 13:36 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Description wpeaton4 2018-11-02 17:05:24 UTC
This seems to be an edge case and there is a workaround.

Only tested on Windows.

In Impress, Save As Template.
name: Default
category: My Templates
set as default: true

If there is a Default.otg (i.e. default drawing template named Default) in My Templates category, it will be deleted and overwritten by Default.otp

This will also happen in reverse: if a Default.otp, it will be clobbered by a Default.otg.

Workaround: use different names (e.g. DefaultDrawing, DefaultPresentation)
Comment 1 Xisco Faulí 2018-11-05 15:47:25 UTC
Thank you for reporting the bug.
it seems you're using an old version of LibreOffice.
Could you please try to reproduce it with the latest version of LibreOffice
from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/ ?
I have set the bug's status to 'NEEDINFO'. Please change it back to
'UNCONFIRMED' if the bug is still present in the latest version.
Comment 2 wpeaton4 2019-03-19 16:03:05 UTC
Problem still exists in and there are some pretty nasty side effects.

1. You have a file called Default.otp (Impress template) in your My Templates folder

2. Open a new drawing. Change some styles. Then save as template using File...Templates...Save as Template... Save as Default to My Templates.

3. After 2, the Default.otg file will appear in your My Templates folder, and Default.otp will disappear. 

4. Here is the nasty side effect: if Default.otp was configured as your default presentation, it has disappeared and you will not be able to create any new presentations. To fix this you will have to specify another OTP file as a default presentation.

Most users I know will be completely thrown off by #4.
Comment 3 Xisco Faulí 2019-03-21 09:56:25 UTC
To be certain the reported issue is not
related to corruption in the user profile, could you please reset your
Libreoffice profile ( https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/UserProfile ) and
Comment 4 wpeaton4 2019-03-21 15:52:23 UTC
I removed my user profile and I can reproduce this. Windows running

To reproduce
1. Create new Impress document
2. Save as Template with name Default in My Templates. (File...Templates...Save as Template... Type "Default" in Template Name and select My Templates.
3. Look in templates folder. On my install it's located in C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Roaming\LibreOffice\4\user\template. You should see a file Default.otp
4. Create new Draw document
5. Save as Template with name Default in My Templates. (File...Templates...Save as Template... Type "Default" in Template Name and select My Templates. You may be asked if you want to overwrite Deafault template. This is the first clue that something is broken. Click yes.
6. Look in templates folder. "Default.otp" has disappeared. It has been replaced by "Default.otg"
Comment 5 Xisco Faulí 2019-04-12 10:35:08 UTC
You can't confirm your own bugs. Moving it back to UNCONFIRMED until someone
else confirms it.
Comment 6 Xisco Faulí 2019-07-09 14:28:29 UTC
Could you please paste the info from Help - about LibreOffice ?

I have set the bug's status to 'NEEDINFO'. Please change it back to
'UNCONFIRMED' once the information has been provided
Comment 7 wpeaton4 2019-07-09 15:13:09 UTC
Version: (x64)
Build ID: 90f8dcf33c87b3705e78202e3df5142b201bd805
CPU threads: 24; OS: Windows 6.1; UI render: default; 
Locale: en-US (en_US); Calc: CL
Comment 8 Oliver Grimm 2019-12-29 00:24:08 UTC
confirmed here on

Build-ID: 1:6.3.4-2
CPU-Threads: 2; BS: Linux 5.3; UI-Render: Standard; VCL: kde5; 
Gebietsschema: de-DE (de_DE.UTF-8); UI-Sprache: de-DE
Calc: threaded

Draw templates do indeed overwrite impress templates though Impress templates are not shown in the "manage templates" dialog in Draw.
Comment 9 Stéphane Guillou (stragu) 2021-07-19 13:36:30 UTC
Confirmed in LO 7.2 RC1

Version: / LibreOffice Community
Build ID: 32efc3b7f3a71cfa6a7fa3f6c208333df48656cc
CPU threads: 8; OS: Linux 4.15; UI render: default; VCL: gtk3
Locale: en-AU (en_AU.UTF-8); UI: en-US
Calc: threaded