Libre Office Impress Lesson 1


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Impress is the presentation (slide show) program included in LibreOffice. You can create slides that contain many different elements, including text, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, charts, and a wide range of graphic objects such as clip-art, drawings and photographs. Impress also includes a spelling checker, a thesaurus, text styles, and background styles.

What is Impress?
Starting a presentation.
Formatting a presentation.
Design a presentation.
Working with templates.

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  • What is Impress? Impress is the presentation (slide show) program included in LibreOffice. You can create slides that contain many different elements, including text, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, charts, and a wide range of graphic objects such as clipart, drawings and photographs. Impress also includes a spelling checker, a thesaurus, text styles, and background styles.

  • To start a presentation……..
  • This is what a new impress window looks like. To start a presentation…..

    From the LibreOffice Start Center, if no component is open: click on the Presentation icon.
    From the system menu, the standard menu from which most applications are started. On Windows, it is called the Start menu. On Linux with a Gnome desktop, it is called the Applications menu; on a KDE desktop, it is identified by the KDE logo. On Mac OS X, it is the Applications menu. Details vary with your operating system.
    From the LibreOffice Quickstarter, if it is present on your operating system.
    From any open component of LibreOffice: click the triangle to the right of the New icon on the main toolbar and select Presentation from the drop-down menu, or choose File > New > Presentation from the menu bar.

  • You can always hit the “X” to close out any section you wish to close out.
  • The ribbon shows the different menu’s and commands you can use to perform actions to changing your presentation using the tabs.
  • All of the slides in a presentation will be located in the slides pane in the order they were created. Users can rename slides, duplicate old slide and hides slides.

    Several additional operations can be performed on one or more slides simultaneously in the Slides pane:
    Add new slides to the presentation.
    Mark a slide as hidden so that it will not be shown as part of the presentation.
    Delete a slide from the presentation if it is no longer needed.
    Rename a slide.
    Duplicate a slide (copy and paste) or move it to a different position in the presentation (cut and paste).
  • Tasks pane are in five sections:
    Master Pages which you can define the style for your presentation.
    Layouts where users can choose from a variety of how they want each to have different look.
    Table Design lets you modify table appearances to rows and columns.
    Custom Animation can be used to enhance text, pictures and many objects.
    Slide Transitions add motion to the slides in presentation, you can choose between speed level that you want slide move and if you want move them manually or automatically.
  • Workspace is where users input text, picture, charts, table and media inside the boxes with dotted line called placeholders. Workspace also has different views: Normal, Outline, Notes, Handout and Slide Sorter View.
  • Note:
    The sizes are given in the current measurement unit (not to be confused with the ruler units). This unit is defined in Tools > Options > LibreOffice Impress > General.
  • Depending how you begin a presentation you may have many slides if you choose to use a TEMPLATE we will talk about templates in future slides.
  • Sometimes, rather than starting from a new slide you want to duplicate a slide you have already inserted. To duplicate a slide, select the slide you want from the Slides pane and then choose Insert > Duplicate Slide.
  • In the Tasks pane, select the Layout drawer to display the available layouts. The Layouts differ in the number of elements a slide will contain, from a blank slide to a slide with six contents boxes and a title.
  • To select or change the layout, place the slide in the work area and select the desired layout from the layout drawer in the Task Pane.
    If you have selected a layout with one or more contents boxes, this is a good time to decide what type of contents you want to insert.
  • Here you can choose to add pictures, objects, comments, animated art ETC…….
  • To get to the MASTER PAGE SECTION you have to go the task pane this is the section to the far right of the screen. If you select MASTER PAGES you will see different options that you can choose from.

    NOTE: If you closed the task pane you can reactivate it by going to
    VIEW>TASK PANE This will reactivate the task pane on the right side.
  • Right-click anywhere on the screen to open a menu from which you can navigate the slides and set other options.
    When you advance past the last slide, the message Click to exit presentation... appears. Click the mouse or press any key to exit the presentation.
    To exit the slide show at any time including at the end, press the Esc key.
  • This is where you plan ahead and brainstorm. Think up of ideas and what you think are the key points that you will need to make during the presentation.
  • Some things that you need to keep in mind are…….

    You can change the appearance of slides as you develop the presentation, but planning ahead will save you time in the long run.
  • This means that all the other slides will look the same as the first one.
  • To select the slide master for modification:

    Select View > Master > Slide Master from the menu bar. This unlocks the properties of the slide master so you can edit it.
    Click Master Pages in the Tasks pane. This gives you access to the slide masters.
    Click on the slide master you want to modify.
    Make changes as described in this chapter, then click the Close Master View icon on the Master View toolbar. Save the file before continuing.
  • If you have turned off the Presentation Wizard, when you start a new presentation by choosing File > New > Presentation from the menu bar, LibreOffice uses the default presentation template. If you have not defined your own default template, LibreOffice uses the blank template supplied with Impress
  • You can create a new presentation from a previously saved presentation template by choosing File > New > Templates and Documents from the menu bar. This opens the Templates and Documents – Templates dialog. To open a new presentation based on a template, double-click the template’s name in the list.
  • On other websites you may find collections of templates that have been packaged into extension (.OXT) files. These are installed a bit differently (using the Extension Manager), as described below.
    Some of these templates are free of charge; others are available for a fee. Check the descriptions to see what licenses and fees apply to the ones that interest you.
  • Libre Office Impress Lesson 1

    1. 1. Lesson 1
    2. 2. Lesson 1 Outline  What is Impress?  Starting a presentation.  Formatting a presentation.  Design a presentation.  Working with templates.
    3. 3. LibreOffice Impress Impress is the presentation (slide show) program included in LibreOffice. You can create slides that contain many different elements, including text, bulleted and numbered lists, tables, charts, and a wide range of graphic objects such as clip-art, drawings and photographs. Impress also includes a spelling checker, a thesaurus, text styles, and background styles.
    4. 4. Starting a presentation When you start Impress for the first time, the Presentation Wizard is shown. Here you can choose from the following options: • Empty presentation, which gives you a blank document • From template, which is a presentation designed with a template of your choice • Open existing presentation • Click Create to open the main Impress window.
    5. 5. Impress window
    6. 6. The main window The main Impress window has three parts: the Slides pane, the Workspace, and the Tasks pane. Additionally, several toolbars can be displayed or hidden during the creation of a presentation.
    7. 7. Ribbon New Open Save Document as email Edit file Export Directly as PDF Print File Directly Spellin g Cut Copy Paste Paintbrush Undo and redo Charts Tables Hyperlin k Display Grid Navigato r Zoom Help Slide Slide Layout Slide Design Slide Show Style formatting Line Arrow Style Line Style Line Width Line Color Area Area Style/ Filling Shadow
    8. 8. Slides Pane The Slides pane contains thumbnail pictures of the slides in your presentation, in the order the slides will be shown
    9. 9. Task Pane The Tasks pane has five sections. To expand the section you wish to use, click on the title bar of each section. Only one section at a time can be expanded.
    10. 10. Workspace The Workspace (normally in the center) has five tabs: Normal, Outline, Notes, Handout, and Slide Sorter. These five tabs are called View buttons. The Workspace below the View buttons changes depending on the chosen view.
    11. 11. Status Bar The status bar, located at the bottom of the Impress window, contains information that you may find useful when working on a presentation. You can hide the Status Bar by choosing View > Status Bar from the main menu.
    12. 12. Formatting a Presentation A new presentation only contains one empty slide. In this section we will start adding new slides and preparing them for the intended contents.
    13. 13. Inserting Slides This can be done in a variety of ways; take your pick.  Insert > Slide.  Right-click on the present slide, and select Slide > New Slide from the pop-up menu.  Click the Slide icon in the Presentation toolbar.
    14. 14. Slide Layout
    15. 15. Slide layout You can choose the type of contents by clicking on the icon that is displayed in the middle of the contents box
    16. 16. Adding pictures or objects to a slide To add any pictures or objects to a slide, for example a picture, clipart, drawing, photograph, or spreadsheet, click on Insert then select from the drop down menu what type of insert you require.
    17. 17. Modifying the appearance of the slides To change the background and other characteristics of all slides in the presentation, you need to modify the master page or choose a different master page.
    18. 18. Running the slide show To run the slide show, do one of the following: • Click Slide Show > Slide Show on the main menu bar. • Click the Slide Show button on the Presentation toolbar or the Slide Sorter toolbar. • Press F5 or F9. (F9 does not work on a Mac.) If the slide transition is Automatically after x seconds, let the slide show run by itself. If the slide transition is On mouse click, do one of the following to move from one slide to the next. • Click the mouse button to advance to the next slide. • Use the arrow keys on the keyboard to go to the next slide or to go back to the previous one. • Press the Spacebar on the keyboard to advance to the next slide.
    19. 19. Designing a presentation In addition to careful planning of the content you need to plan the appearance of the presentation. It is best to do this after you have developed an outline, because the outline will determine some of the requirements for the appearance of the slides.
    20. 20. Designing a presentation • What color combinations (background and text) will look good and also be easy for your audience to read? • Would a picture help your audience understand the contents better? • Do you want particular text and a picture to appear on all the slides? (for example a company name and logo.) • Would the audience benefit from having the slides numbered so that they can quickly refer to one of them? • Do you want a background graphic or gradient? If so, you need to pick something that does not interfere or clash with content such as the colors used in charts. • Will you need one slide master or more than one? Will one slide design suit all of the content?
    21. 21. What are slide masters? A slide master is a slide that is used as the starting point for other slides. It is similar to a page style in Writer: it controls the basic formatting of all slides based on it. A slide show can have more than one slide master.
    22. 22. Creating a slide master To start, enable editing of slide masters by selecting View > Master > Slide Master and the Master View toolbar opens. You can also right- click on the slide master in the Master Pages section of the tasks pane and select Edit Master to open the Master View toolbar. On the Master View toolbar, click the New Master icon
    23. 23. Modifying a slide master The following items can be changed on a slide master: • Background (color, gradient, hatching, or bitmap) • Background objects (for example, adding a logo or decorative graphics) • Text attributes for the main text area and notes • Size, placement, and contents of header and footer elements to appear on every slide • Size and placement of default frames for slide titles and content
    24. 24. Working with templates All documents in LibreOffice are based on templates. However, Impress is a little different from other LibreOffice components, in that it starts with the Presentation Wizard unless you have elected to turn off this wizard. When you choose File > New > Presentation from the menu bar and if the wizard is active, it opens offering several choices for a new presentation, one of which is From template.
    25. 25. Using templates in LibreOffice Impress comes with a set of predefined templates. Two are in the Presentations folder and the others are in the Presentation backgrounds folder. The difference between them is that Presentation templates include a series of slides with sample titles and topics, while Presentation background templates have only backgrounds and background objects. Both types have predefined presentation and graphics styles.
    26. 26. Using templates from other sources You can download templates for LibreOffice from many sources, including the official template repository at http://templates.libr, and install them on your computer.