My computer has somehow gotten out of sync. I can save a document as a template in a directory of my choosing, but when I go to use the Templates and Documents dialog, I get this:

Templates and documents dialog

I have no idea where on my hard drive these folders are. Where is "Templates/My Templates"?


Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Application Data\OpenOffice.org\3\user\template

Windows Vista & 7



  • The crux of the matter is to realize that the path is invisible. You need to type the folder names in order to see their contents. In my case it's C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice\4\user\template .
    – Cuc
    Jul 2 at 9:34

You should find them at:


If you have OpenOffice 2, then replace 3 with 2 in the above path.


This location can also be moved. Navigate to Tools - Options - OpenOffice.org - Paths and change the value for "Templates". There can be multiple template paths, or, you can delete the existing path and create a new one altogether.


As of March 2018, LibreOffice 5.1 the template folder for Linux is under:


Btw: searching for .ott (writer templates) helped me find it…





dir /s/b %APPDATA%\openoffice\*.ott

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