The following sections describe the LibreOffice Open dialog box. To activate the LibreOffice Open and Save dialog boxes, choose LibreOffice - Preferences Tools - Options - LibreOffice- General, and then select the Use LibreOffice dialogs in the Open/Save dialogs area.
If the file that you want to open contains Styles, special rules apply.
Up One Level
Move up one folder in the folder hierarchy. Long-click to see the higher level folders.
Create New Folder
Creates a new folder.
Displays the files and folders in the folder that you are in. To open a file, select the file, and then click Open.
To open more than one document at the same time, each in an own window, hold Command Ctrl while you click the files, and then click Open.
Click a column header to sort the files. Click again to reverse the sort order.
To delete a file, right-click the file, and then choose Delete.
To rename a file, right-click the file, and then choose Rename.
Enter a file name or a path for the file. You can also enter a URL that starts with the protocol name ftp, http, or https.
If you want, you can use wildcards in the File name box to filter the list of files that is displayed.
For example, to list all of the text files in a folder, enter the asterisk wildcard with the text file extension (*.txt), and then click Open. Use the question mark (?) wildcard to represent any character, as in (??3*.txt), which only displays text files with a '3' as the third character in the file name.
If there are multiple versions of the selected file, select the version that you want to open. You can save and organize multiple versions of a document by choosing File - Versions. The versions of a document are opened in read-only mode.
Select the file type that you want to open, or select All Files (*) to display a list of all of the files in the folder.
Opens the selected document(s).
If you opened the dialog by choosing Insert - Document, the Open button is labeled Insert. Inserts the selected file into the current document at the cursor position.
Opens the file in read-only mode.
Plays the selected sound file. Click again to stop playing the sound file.
Opening Documents With Templates
LibreOffice recognizes templates that are located in any folder from the following list:
the shared template folder
the user template folder in the home directory in the Documents and Settings folder
all template folders as defined in LibreOffice - Preferences Tools - Options - LibreOffice - Paths
When you useto save a template, the template will be stored in your user template folder. When you open a document that is based on such a template, the document will be checked for a changed template as described below. The template is associated with the document, it may be called a "sticky template".
When you useand select a template filter to save a template at any other folder that is not in the list, then the documents based on that template will not be checked.
When you open a document that was created from a "sticky template" (as defined above), LibreOffice checks to see if the template has been modified since the document was last opened. If the template was changed a dialog is shown where you can select which styles to apply to the document.
To apply the new styles from the template to the document, click Update Styles.
To retain the styles that are currently used in the document, click Keep Old Styles.
If a document was created using a template that cannot be found a dialog is shown that asks you how to proceed next time the document is opened.
To break the link between the document and the missing template, click No, otherwise LibreOffice will look for the template the next time you open the document.