For your convenience, you can make the Microsoft templates appear in the OOo Templates and Documents dialog box. However, first you must convert them into the appropriate template format (from .dot to .ott for Writer, from .pot to .otp for Impress, and from .xlt to .ots for Calc) and stick them in the right spot. When you want to convert just a select few, you can do it manually. Open the MS Office template, choose File -- Save As, select the template format, browse to where your OOo templates are stored, and hit Save.
If you're using Windows Vista, the OOo template path may be: C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice.org2\user\template\
In Windows XP, try the following path: C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\OpenOffice.org2\user\template
Tip: Just like discussed earlier when working with the custom dictionaries in Windows, the Show Hidden Files and Folders option needs to be enabled in order to browse to these locations.
If you can't seem to find the OOo templates location in Windows, or you're using another platform, you can reference the path shown in the Options dialog box of OOo. Click Tools -- Options, expand the OpenOffice.org category, click Paths, and see the Path given for Templates.
If you want to convert a batch of MS Office templates, you can use the Document Convertor wizard (see Figure 5), accessible by clicking File -- Wizards -- Document Convertor.
Then you select the types of documents/templates you want to convert, select the path for the Microsoft templates for the Import From path, and select the path for where your OOo templates are stored for the Save To field.
Stay tuned--more OpenOffice.org tips and tricks coming next week.
Eric Geier is the Founder and President of Sky-Nets, Ltd., a Wi-Fi Hotspot Network. He is also the author of many networking and computing books, including Home Networking All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies (Wiley 2008) and 100 Things You Need to Know about Microsoft Windows Vista (Que 2007).
This article was first published on LinuxPlanet.com.