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Thanks Tom.  A more specific link was provided to me privately: .

That document helped point me in the right direction, but some additional work was required, as outlined further below. The document states:
To set a custom template as the default:
1) From the Menu bar, choose File > New > Templates to open the Template Manager
2) In the Template Manager dialog, open the folder containing the template that you want to
set as the default, then select the template.
3) Click the Set As Default icon above the list of templates (see Figure 6)

I was unable to proceed with step 2, because even though I received no error message about it - my HTML template had never been saved. I have no idea why "Save as template" didn't work (bug), but in order to actually save the template I had to use "Save As", and then select "HTML template" from the drop down menu in the file dialog (and browse to the templates folder). A subtle difference, but one that made all the difference.

Once I was able to save my template, I was able to proceed with the above instructions.

Thank you to you and the gentleman that replied privately, who I presume wants to remain anonymous.

On 8/1/2013 4:02 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Hi :)
The published official guides are much better

The in-built help (at least the English version of it) is not always completely up to date or accurate. The international translators team work at it before translating it and i don't think their version is the one we get. There is something mighty odd going on there which i've never understood
Regards from
Tom :)

    *From:* Andrew <>
    *Sent:* Thursday, 1 August 2013, 10:07
    *Subject:* [libreoffice-users] Setting default template

    Trying to set a default template.  I modified some styles and want
    to make them my default styles.  I have followed the instructions
in the help file as detailed below. It doesn't work for me. Steps 1-3, no problem. Step 4 is unclear at best and seemingly
    inaccurate at worst.  After step 3 the "My Templates" category
    cannot be selected or "entered".  The "button" is inoperative.  I
    used the file name "myTemplate" (no extension) for my newly saved
    template name.

    Since I can't do step 4, I'm unclear as to whether step 5 is a
    continuation from step 4, or if it means to close the template
    manager (the only option available to me) and then proceed fresh
    from the File menu.  I did the only thing possible, proceed fresh
    from the File menu, but *_there is no "Templates" submenu under
    "File"_*.  I include a couple of screenshots further below.  The
    first one shows that there is no "templates" submenu, only "save
    as template".  The second one shows the template manager screen
    where I'm unable to select/push the "My Templates" button, which
    you can't actually see that I can't select it, but at least you
    know I'm where I say I am.

    So.... anyone know why it's not working for me?  I will point out
    that 1) it's an HTML file and 2) I'm using writer/web.  Perhaps
    that's the reason?  Maybe someone could check and see if it works
    for them under those conditions?

    Thank you in advance.

      To Create a Default Template


      Create a document and the content and formatting styles that you


      Choose *File - Templates - Save*.


      In the *New Template* box, type a name for the new template.


      In the *Categories* list, select "My Templates", and then click


      Choose *File - Templates - Organize*


      In the *Templates* list, double-click the "My Templates" folder.


      Right-click the template that you created, and choose *Set as
      Default Template*.


      Click *Close*.

      To Reset the Default Template


      Choose *File - Templates - Organize*


      Right-click a text file in any of the two lists, choose *Reset
      Default Template - Text Document*.


      Click *Close*.

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