First, I'm back from a non-vacation trip, and will be able to blog regularly again.
Secondly, Kent wrote to me recently to ask about Impress templates. As he states, you can make a template, put it in the correct directory, and even restart OpenOffice.org--and the template still won't show up in the wizard when you choose File > New > Presentation. That approach works fine with spreadsheets and text documents; what's up with presentation templates?
They're just a bit cranky, and/or the logic for getting them to show up in the wizard is less inclusive and aware of its surroundings than we'd like. At any rate, here's how to make Impress templates (or backgrounds, whatever you like to call them) show up when you're creating a new presentation.
Here's how to create templates. For creating just one template at a time, make the presentation the way you want it, then choose File > Templates > Save. Select a category and name the template, and click OK. That's all you need to do to create the template, and to make it show up in the new presentation wizard. When you do it this way, you don't pull your hair out and you don't have to force the program to recognize the new template.
(To create a new category, see that blog.)
Now, how about if you've got a directory of templates that you've copied to the templates directory of OpenOffice.org? You don't want to have to open every single one following the instructions above. There's a quicker way. See that same blog for info on how to point to a directory.
However, when you do it that way, that's when the wizard gets cranky and won't usually recognize the new templates. Here's how to force OpenOffice.org to recognize the templates. Choose File > Templates > Organize, click and hold down on the Commands button, and choose Update. More info in the referenced blog.
This line of thinking might lead you to ask "OK, how do I import a template into a presentation I've already created?" And that's a very good question, which I'll answer in tomorrow or Wednesday's blog.