Parts, Impress window
A slideshow presentation, as the name suggests is made up of multiple slides with a common theme. Presentation applications, like Impress, allow you to create slides to build a presentation.
The different parts of the of a window in Impress are the first interaction you have with designing your presentation. Through it you can access all the tools and features of Impress.
Slide layouts are the foundation for designing presentations. By default, Impress creates a slide with a text box on top of the slide and another text box for the main content of a slide.
There are other layouts available, however. To access other layouts do the following:
- Click the drop-down arrow on the slide icon in the Standard toolbar.
- Or Click the Slide menu. Highlight the Slide Layout sub-menu.
- Next click the desired layout. The Slide Layout sub-menu has 16 choices. The Slide icon has 12 choices.
Several of the slides are in both the Layout sub-menu and the Slide icon:
Slides that are only in the Layout sub-menu:
- Vertical Title, Vertical Text
- Vertical Title, Text, Chart
- Title, Vertical Text
- Title, 2 Vertical Text, Clipart
If you right click on the Slides column and click New Slide, the new slide will be one with a title text box and another one for the slide’s content.
Slide Layout sub-menu
Title, 2 Content
Title, Content and 2 on Right Content
Title, 2 Content on Left and Content
Title, Content above Content
Title, 2 Content above Content
Title, 4 Content
Title, 6 Content
Title, Content (Vertical)
Title, Content over Content (Vertical)
Title, Vertical Content
Title, 2 Vertical Content
Title and 2 Content
Title, 2 Content and Content
Title, Content and 2 Content
Title, 2 Content over Content
Title, Content over Content
Title, 4 Content
Title, 6 Content
The titlebar the same regardless of the application the document is open in. It is the same in Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw.
The titlebar varies from operating system to operating system, however. Here are screenshots of several titlebars:
This menu has items to save a document, access wizards, access templates, open other documents, and print.
This menu has items to find and replace text and objects in a presentation, cut, copy, and paste, and map and image.
This gives you access to toolbars. It also allows you to open the gallery, slide sorter, and navigator.
This allows you to insert various objects, such as images, tables, and shapes.
This allows you to format text, images, and paragraphs. It also allows you to arrange and objects.
This menu has items to manipulate and change the selected slide.
This menu has controls to play the presentation in slide show format. It also has controls to change the automatic playback and slide transition during the presentation.
This gives you access to spelling, grammar, and language tools. It is also where you access macros.
This gives you a list of LibreOffice documents that are open.
This gives you access articles about the different features of the LibreOffice suite and Impress.
This allows you to open the same type of document you are working on. For example, if you are working on a spreadsheet, the icon will be of a spreadsheet, so when you click it, the new document will be a spreadsheet. The drop-down menu allows you to create any type of document that LibreOffice can open. These include spreadsheets, XML forms, and HTML documents.
This will open a dialog where you can search your computer for documents to open. The drop-down menu lists documents that were recently opened with LibreOffice.
Clicking this will save the document. The drop-down menu has the following items:
- Save As
- Save as Template
- Save Remote File.
Export as PDF
Clicking this opens the Export dialog.
This opens the Print dialog.
This will remove selected text or objects from the document and places them on the clipboard, so they can be placed elsewhere in the document or in another one.
This will place selected text or objects from a document and places them on the clipboard, so they can be placed elsewhere in the document or in another one. The text and objects will not be removed from there current location.
This places the text or objects on the clipboard into a document, where the cursor is located.
This allows you to copy the formatting of selected text and apply it to other text.
This will revert the document back before the previous change. The drop-down menu lists the past few changes and lets you go back to the document when that change was the last one made.
This will restore a change that was just undone. The drop-down menu lists changes that you have undone. Click the desired change to bring the document to the point where that was the last change made.
Find & Replace
Clicking this opens the Find and Replace dialog.
This spellchecks the document and opens the spelling dialog.
Clicking this displays gridlines for laying out text boxes and other objects.
Clicking this icon reveals a drop-down list of different ways to view your presentation.
- Slide Sorter
- Slide Master
- Notes Master
Switches to slide master view, where you can add elements that you want to appear on all of the slides that use the same slide master.
Start from First Slide
This starts playing the presentation from the beginning.
Start from Current Slide
This will start the slide from the slide that appears on the screen.
This is the same icon that is in Writer. It has squares that you highlight that represent the number of rows and columns in a table that you are going to insert. The table will be inserted as an object, in addition to text boxes, charts, and images.
Clicking this opens a dialog that allows you find an image in your computer system to insert in your presentation.
Insert Audio or Video
Clicking this opens a dialog that allows you find an audio or video file in your computer system to insert in your presentation.
This inserts a chart into the current slide as an object. Double click the chart to modify it.
Insert Text Box
Clicking this changes the cursor, so you can draw a text box in the current slide.
This opens the Hyperlink dialog.
Show Draw Functions
Clicking this icon opens and closes the Drawing toolbar.
This icon will be selected by default. It allows you to select and resize the various objects in Impress, such as text boxes, images, and charts.
Zoom & Pan
This turns the cursor into a magnifying glass, allowing you to zoom and pan on different elements in a slide.
Use the Insert Line icon to create a line in a slide. Then use this drop-down menu to select a new color for the line.
This is the color for shapes and drawings. The drop-down menu reveals a color palette, that allows you to choose a desired color.
Clicking this changes the cursor to a plus sign and allows you to draw a line.
This allows you to draw a rectangle in a slide.
This allows you to draw an ellipse in a slide.
Lines and Arrows
This has a drop-down menu that allows you to choose several different arrows and lines. The last chosen arrow or line will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different curves to choose from. The last chosen curve will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different connectors to choose from. The last chosen connector will be to the left of the arrow.
Insert Basic Shapes
The drop-down menu has several different shapes to choose from. The last chosen shape will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different symbols to choose from. The last chosen curve will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different arrows to choose from. The last chosen arrow will be to the left of the drop-down arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different flowchart symbols to choose from. The last chosen flowchart symbol will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different callout symbols to choose from. The last chosen callout symbols will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different stars to choose from. The last chosen star will be to the left of the arrow.
The drop-down menu has several different 3-D objects to choose from. The last chosen 3-D objects will be to the left of the arrow.
Select an object or a text box. There will be eight green squares around the selection for moving or resizing the object. Click the rotate icon and the squares become ovals. Click on one of the ovals and drag it to rotate the object.
Select more than one object. Then click the drop-down arrow for the Arrange icon and choose one of the options to align the objects.
Click an object. Then click the drop-down arrow for arrange to choose one of the following arrangement settings:
- Bring to Front
- Bring Forward
- Send to Back
- Send Backward
- In Front of Object
- Behind Object
This becomes active when more than one object is selected. Clicking the Reverse icon flips the stacking order of the objects.
If you select three or more objects, you can also use the Distribution icon to distribute the vertical and horizontal spacing evenly between the objects. Clicking the icon opens a Distribution dialog with several options for vertical and horizontal alignment.
Shadow: Click an object. Then click the Shadow icon. A shadow will be created for the object.
Click on an image. Eight squares surround the image, for resizing and changing its shape. Then click this icon. The squares change to lines, so the image can be cropped.
Filter: This icon becomes active when an image is selected.It only works on images. The drop-down menu has several different filter choices to choose from. The last chosen filter will be to the left of the arrow.
When you finish drawing a curve, it has several points that you can click on and drag to change the shape of that segment of the curve. There are also squares that allow you to change the shape and size of the entire curve. The points and squares do not appear at the same time. This icon switches between the points and squares.
Show Glue Points Functions
You can connect two shapes with a line called a connector. When you draw a connector between shapes, the connector will be attached to a gluepoint on each shape. This icon reveals the gluepoints for each shape on a slide.
This icon becomes active when you select a shape. Click it to turn a two-dimensional shape into a 3D one. It is not active for 3D shapes that you draw by using the 3D icon. Turning a shape into a 3D object launches the 3D-Settings toolbar.
The slide number currently displayed in the Workspace and the total
number of slides in the presentation.
Changes depending on the selection. For example:
Page (slide) style:
The style associated with the slide, handout, or notes page currently in the Workspace. Double-clicking on the style name opens the slide design dialog.
The position of the cursor or of the top left corner of the selection measured from the top left corner of the slide, followed by the width and height of the selection or text box where the cursor is located.
Selected object size:
When a text box, image, shape, or other object is selected, this section gives its dimensions.
A flag indicating that the file needs saving. Double-clicking on this flag opens the file save dialog.
A flag indicating whether the document is digitally signed. After the file has been saved, double-clicking on this flag opens the digital signatures dialog.
This section tells what language the editing and grammar tools are set to. It will name the language in the language LibreOffice is set to and its region. For example if LibreOffice is set to American English, this section will be English (USA); Spanish from Mexico will be Spanish (Mexico).
Adjusts the zoom percentage of the Workspace displayed.
Indicates the zoom percentage of the Workspace displayed. Double-clicking on zoom percentage opens the zoom and layout dialog.