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Opens, opens a remote file or imports a file.

Choose File - Open


On the Standard Bar, click

Open File

The following sections describe the LibreOffice Open' dialog box. To activate the LibreOffice Open and Save dialog boxes, choose Tools - Options' - LibreOffice- General, and then select the Use LibreOffice dialogs in the Open/Save dialogs area.

Note.png If the file that you want to open contains Styles, special rules apply.

Connect To Server

Opens a dialog where you can set up connection to various types of servers, including WebDAV, FTP, SSH, Windows Share and CMIS.

Up One Level

Move up one folder in the folder hierarchy. Long-click to see the higher level folders.

Up One Level

Create New Folder

Creates a new folder.

Create New Folder

Places area

Displays "favourite" places, i.e. shortcuts to local or remote locations.

Display area

Displays the files and folders in the folder that you are in. To open a file, select the file, and then click Open.

Tip.png To open more than one document at the same time, each in an own window, hold 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.

File name

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.

  1. LibreOffice has an AutoComplete function which activates itself in some text and list boxes. For example, enter ~/a into the URL field and the AutoComplete function displays the first file or first directory found in your home folder that starts with the letter "a".
  2. Use the down arrow key to scroll through the other files and directories. Use the right arrow key to also display an existing subdirectory in the URL field. Quick AutoComplete is available if you press the End key after entering part of the URL. Once you find the document or directory you want, press Enter.


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.

File type

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 - File, 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.

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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 Documents and Settings folderin the home directory
  • all template folders as defined in 'Tools - Options' - LibreOffice - Paths
Note.png When you use File - Template - Save to 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 decribed below. The template is associated with the document, it may be called a "sticky template".
Note.png When you use File - Save As and 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.

Related Topics

Opening Documents

Import and Export Filters