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Hi Jean-Francois,

Sadly, it did not work. My results are in-line with your previous message.

On 27.09.2018 17:06, Jean-Francois Nifenecker wrote:
Hi Dave,

Le 27/09/2018 à 16:38, DaveB a écrit :
Hi Folks,

Firefox Personas (renamed Themes) no longer work in LO and there is a
proposal [1] to deprecate or replace them. However, I have 2 in my LO
profile on Windows, which I would like to have them in LO on a new Linux
install. I have copied the images into the equivalent Linux directory
and edited the advanced configuration file, but I cannot get LO under
Linux to show either of the personas. Obviously there is something else
it is necessary to configure.

Any thoughts or pointers would be welcome.

I'm using personas under Linux without problem (LibO

Here's how I do that. FWIW I don't temper with the configuration file,
just using the advanced configuration options.

1. The personas are stored as subdirs within the user's profile,
Gallery/Persona directory.

Say I add a "MyPersona" subdir there.
In this subdir, I add the persona graphic file (for instance, a .png).
Say its name is MyHeader.png.

I changed the directory and file name to exactly match yours.
My path =

2. In LibO, Tools > Options, LibreOffice, Advanced, Open expert

No problem.

3. I enter "persona" (without quotes) in the search bar.

LibO finds the org.openoffice.Office.Common > Misc branch, with two
keys: Persona and PersonaSettings

OK, so far.

4. Set Persona to "own" (without quotes)

OK, I set it to "own" (without quotes)

5. Set PersonaSettings to follow the sequence mask:

<header file name>;<footer file name>;<front color>;<special color>


<header file name>: the path to your header file within the personas
profile subdir.
Using the example above would give

<footer file name>: same as for header file name.
You may repeat using the header file name.

<front color>: RGB in hex with a "#" prefix.
For a black front color, it gives: #000000
This color is used for menu character painting.

<special color>: same as for front color. AFAIK, unused.

6. Wrap up

The whole string in this example would give:


Since I had changed my path and file name to exactly match yours, I
simply copied and pasted the above line into the edit field.
OK'd out of Expert Configuration and Options.

Once validated, the new theme is propagated to new documents (the
current file environment is not changed yet).

Not sure I fully understand what the above line means, but:

  * I tried immediately opening a new document. No persona.
  * I went back into Expert Configuration and my previous settings were
  * I again edited the settings and tried closing and restarting LO. No
  * Next, I went back into Expert Configuration and again edited the
    settings, OK'd out of Expert Configuration and immediately when back
    in again to find that my settings had already been lost.

To get to these grips, I read a blog article that I'm totally unable
to find right now. Too bad I couldn't cite the author.


If it had worked, it would have been a fantastically simple solution.
Maybe something has changed between your and my which
cases LO to ignore or drop Expert Configuration changes. Guess I will
just have to learn to love LO's boring "battleship grey" colors.

However, I thank you again for taking the time to try and help.

Best Regards

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