Welcome to LibreOffice. Thank you for using the LibreOffice application help. Press F1 whenever you need help using LibreOffice.
You see the Start Center when no document is open in LibreOffice. It is divided into two panes. Click a button on the left pane to open a new document or a file dialog.
Open existing files
The Open File button presents a file open dialog.
The Remote Files button presents a Remote files dialog to open files stored on remote servers.
The Recent Files button shows thumbnails of the most recent documents you opened. Hover your mouse over the thumbnail to highlight the document, display a tip about the document location and display an icon on the top right to delete the thumbnail from the pane and from the recent files list. Click on the thumbnail to open the document underneath.
Press and hold the Recent Files dropdown button to open a menu where you can delete the list of recently opened documents.
Click the Templates dropdown button to display all existing templates on the right side of the window.
Press and hold the Templates dropdown button to open a menu where you can filter the existing templates by document type or open the Templates dialog.
Right click on a template in the right pane to open a menu where you can either open the template to create a new document based on the template or edit the template itself.
The document buttons each open a new document of the specified type.
Writer Document opens LibreOffice Writer
Calc Spreadsheet opens LibreOffice Calc
Impress Presentation opens LibreOffice Impress
Draw Drawing opens LibreOffice Draw
Math Formula opens LibreOffice Math
Base Database opens LibreOffice Base
The Extensions button opens the https://extensions.libreoffice.org/ page, where you can download templates and additional features for LibreOffice.
Not every file type will display a thumbnail image of its content. Instead, you may see a large icon used by your computer for that filetype.