I would like the template for editing articles to be different from the template for viewing articles. How can this be done?

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    I don't think that's possible. Even most advanced extension RegularLabs Advanced Template Manager, which can assign templates to everything under the Sun, cannot assign templates to an action (view or edit).
    – Mikan
    Nov 22, 2016 at 11:54

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It's actually possible by overriding it via 3rd party plugin. You can create a simple system plugin calling setTemplate() method when the onAfterRoute event occurs :

public function onAfterRoute() {
    $app      = JFactory::getApplication();
    $view     = $app->input->get('view');
    if ($view == 'form'){
        $app->setTemplate('template_name', null);

I have created a simple plugin for this purpose. You can download it from the JSE Github.

Update : I have submitted the extension to JED and it's now listed here

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