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Change default color palette in OpenOffice

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One of the things I don’t really like of OpenOffice is its default color palette. The colors included are too basic so they are not too useful (at least for the things I do). Evenmore, the colors don’t seem to be ordered at all so it’s not easy to find an specific color sometimes. That’s why I decided to change the default color palette and started using another more useful one.

Searching the internet I found indeed some color palettes, some more useful and appealling than others. Among them, the one I liked the most was the palette created by Sammy Dellicour which is —according to him— based on the Google sites color. After using it for some time, I was missing more paler, subtler colors to be used, for instance, as background color in Calc.

I finally decided to create my own color palette based on Sammy’s —thank you so much— and, as he did, I’m releasing it here for the internet community. It is basically the same palette, I’ve just included two paler color tones in each column. As in Sammy’s, the colors in the drop-down palette appear sorted in columns for an easier localization.

There is also included a version of the same palette with the color names in Spanish for those interested.

Installing the new palette

To install the new palette the best option is to replace the default one used by OpenOffice. First, download and unzip the archive with the palettes. This archive contains both the Spanish (iuveaene_es.soc) and the English version (iuveaene_en.soc) of the same palette. Choose a version and rename the file as standard.soc, then copy this file into the user configuration folder of OpenOffice overwriting the old one (saving a copy of the old file before doing so is highly recommended if you want to restore the old palette).

Where the user configuration folder is located depends on your operating system:

  • Linux: ~/.openoffice.org/3/user/config/
  • Windows XP: \Documents and Settings\«user»\Application Data\OpenOffice.org\3\user\config\
  • Vista: \Users\«user»\AppData\Roaming\OpenOffice.org\3\user\config\

Where «user» is your Windows user name. The name of some of the folder may also vary depending on the language of your OS.

And this is it. The next time you launch OpenOffice, the new palette will be loaded and ready to use.

This file can be distributed and modified freely as long as you give credit to its authors.

Update: Now the file with the palettes is stored in a public dropbox folder. I hope this finally will solve the problems I have experienced using other servers.

Update 19/oct/2010: Like Sammy himself said, his palette is no longer available in the net so I’ve removed the link.

Update 9/nov/2010: I’ve released a new palette. Check it out!

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Written by iuveaene

7.octubre.2009 (Miércoles) at 22:09

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  1. Hola! Your palette seems very nice but i’m not able to download it. May you post the correct link? Thx in advance.


    19.enero.2010 (Martes) at 12:10

  2. Oh yes, you’re right, thank you. Now I’ve uploaded the file to mediafire and updated the links. It should work now.


    19.enero.2010 (Martes) at 23:17

  3. [...] Change default color palette in OpenOffice « i.uve.a.ene. [...]

  4. I have palette with google-doc color, but without olive color and without very light color. You work is very gut. THX


    8.agosto.2010 (Domingo) at 22:20

  5. Great to see that my Google inspired palette has been useful to you.

    For your information: I’ve taken down my Google site, so the link to it doesn’t work anymore.

    Thanks and have a good day.

    Sammy Dellicour

    17.octubre.2010 (Domingo) at 21:36

  6. Hello Sammy. Thank you for passing by and warning me about the broken link. I really appreciate it.
    And thank you again for your palette.


    19.octubre.2010 (Martes) at 22:56

  7. [...] been more than a year since I released my own color palette for OpenOffice so I thought it was time to release a new one. This time it is organized in a [...]

  8. thank you for helping make oocalc spreadsheets legible. this has been grating on me for the longest time.


    14.mayo.2011 (Sábado) at 22:29

  9. A long time OpenOffice user, I’ve been annoyed by their colour palette for quite some time, and looking for a way to change it. You just put me on the right track to create my own. Muchas gracias :)


    4.enero.2014 (Sábado) at 3:02

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