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Lives in Reading, England. Ptoye (talk) 10:52, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

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Opening a new file from a template

If you want to open a file using an existing template, use the template name instead of the file name. An untitled document will be opened from the template.

If the template location is known, simply use it. However, OpenOffice keeps at least two sets of templates: global templates available to all users and "My Templates" available to the current user, and the locations of the directories are not obviously available. They can be found by means of the PathSettings service which allows the user to examine the various directory paths known to OpenOffice. The Template property of this service returns a string which is a semi-colon separated list of URLS, each of which represents a possible location for the desired template. It is necessary to search this string and the resulting directories to find the template. The following code finds a user template and opens a document based on it:

Dim PathService as Object
Dim TemplatePath as String    ' The path list
Dim SCPos as Integer          ' The position of the next semi-colon  
Dim MyTemplatePath as String  ' The URL for the user template
' substitute your template name here
const TemplateName = ""
' This seems to be the place in which OO stores user templates
const UserTemplateDirectory="/user/template"
do while len(TemplatePath) >0
  SCPos=InStr (TemplatePath,";")
  if SCPos>0 then
    MyTemplatePath=Left(TemplatePath, SCPos-1)
  end if
' NOTE: as well as file URLs there are some others which should be ignored
  if InStr(myTemplatePath,"file:///")=1 And _
      Right(myTemplatePath,14) =  UserTemplateDirectory then
    exit do  
  end if
  TemplatePath=mid(TemplatePath, SCPos+1, len(TemplatePath)-SCPos)
if MyTemplatePath<>"" then
  MyTemplatePath=MyTemplatePath & "/" & TemplateName
  InvoiceDoc=StarDesktop.LoadComponentfromURL(MytemplatePath, "_blank", 0, Array())
  MsgBox "Cannot find the template directory"
end if

This code does not check that the desired template actually exists; if it doesn't, the LoadComponentfromURL call will fail.

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