I have tried to create a custom style for the footnotes in my documents. It looks work fine at first but when I closed the document and reopened it, I found the style of that footnote went back to the default "footnote" style.
Please provide test document
Which version of LO?
Does this problem still exist on actual latest version of LO?
I met the same problem in Debian Linux Libreoffice 4.3.3-2, when the document saved as ".doc" format.
if saving as ".odt" format, that problem went away.
1. New Text Document.
2. In Sidebar → Styles and Formatting, right click → New.
3. On Organiser tab, type “testfootnote” in Name, change Inherit from to None, change Category to “Special Styles”, and OK.
4. Tools → Footnotes/Endnotes, on Footnote tab in Styles change Paragraph to “testfootnote” and OK.
5. In document, type “test”.
6. Place cursor after “test” and Insert → Footnote/Endnote and OK default.
7. Type “test” in footnote.
8. Save document in odt format, close and reopen.
Paragraph style in footnote is “testfootnote”. Tools → Footnotes/Endnotes still shows “testfootnote” as the paragraph style.
9. Save document in doc format, close, and reopen.
Paragraph style in footnote is “testfootnote”. Tools → Footnotes/Endnotes has reverted to “Footnote”. In Styles and Formatting, right click → Modify on “testfootnote” shows Category on Organiser tab as “Custom Styles”. Any new footer created will be in “Footnote” style.
10. Open odt version and save in docx format, close, and reopen.
Paragraph style in footnote is “Footnote”. Tools → Footnotes/Endnotes has reverted to “Footnote”. In Styles and Formatting, right click → Modify on “testfootnote” shows Category on Organiser tab as “Custom Styles”. Any new footer created will be in “Footnote” style.
Document Style Footnote "testfootnote"
Format in Text Settings Category Style
odt testfootnote testfootnote Special Styles
odt → doc testfootnote Footnote Custom Styles
odt → docx Footnote Footnote Custom Styles
If you create a custom style and set it to Special Styles but don't use it the footnote settings or in the text then it will still revert to Custom Styles when saving as a doc or docx.
Windows Vista 64
Build ID: 88805f81e9fe61362df02b9941de8e38a9b5fd16
Reproduced with steps from comment 3.
Win 7 Pro 64-bit Version: 18.104.22.168.alpha1+
Build ID: be8512f99bc9ab18e55aabe01cc0ab1e6baea9e6
TinderBox: Win-x86@39, Branch:master, Time: 2015-06-08_05:58:40
Locale: fi-FI (fi_FI)
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The main problem where the footnote style was not imported was fixed in 5.1 for bug 90611 by https://cgit.freedesktop.org/libreoffice/core/commit/?h=libreoffice-5-3&id=519b34300f73b1e08f6194d6ba49d4fc010cf186
The second issue - where the "footnote and endnotes setting" remembers the style for new footnotes likely is not a part of the .docx spec, and thus is a LO-only capability.
I will close this as a duplicate. If you can produce an MSWord-produced file/recreation steps that proves that these "footnotes and endnotes settings" exist in .docx format, then you can submit that as a new bug.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 90611 ***