The same concept is also true when we work with the WYSIWYG word processor. Most people use MS Office, but I preferred the OpenOffice due to its ``open'' nature. I am always looking ways which can help me use the word processor more efficient or more professional. I don't want to just utilize a powerful software with its maybe only 2% or 3% capability. If you can explore more deeper ways to use a software, it often means you can handle the software better and do more things with it. In addition, in my own opinion, to dig into the advanced function of a software is to respect the authors who worked hard to develop the software.
When using the OpenOffice Writer, a template could make things easier. With the help of the template, you can compose different files and all of them have the same style. You can change the style of every detail items by yourself, just as most word processor users as I know, but a better way to handle the style is to set up a template, then adopt it for further file editing.
There are many tutorials available. I listed some I found and regarded useful as the follows:
- OOo2.x Writer Guide (Chapter 10: Working with Templates), in PDF, 9.1MB
- OpenOffice Off-the-Wall: Bullet Proof Templates, by Bruce Byfield. (A bit of out-of-date, but still useful)
- Using templates and styles. (A comparison between the template usage of MS Word and OOo Writer)
- Kaaredyret.dk (Many tutorials can be found here)