[ubuntu] libre office templates not working

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http://ubuntuforums.org – so i've created a template in libre office, and i've created several documents based on that template. my understanding is that if i change some aspect of formatting on the template, the change should be reflected in the documents that are based on it, right? but if i change the template (say font color, or font style) and then open one of the documents, i get a dialog box asking if I want to update styles, and i click yes and then the document opens without any changes! what am i missing?? (Hardware)