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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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Choosing options for Impress

In the Options dialog, click the + sign to the left of OpenOffice.org Impress on the left-hand side. A list of subsections drops down. (See Figure 189.)

    1. General options

In the Options dialog, click OpenOffice.org > Impress > General.

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      1. Text objects section

Allow quick editing sets Impress to immediately switch to the text editing mode when you click a text object. You can also activate text editing mode through the Allow Quick Editing icon on the Options toolbar.

Only text area selectable sets Impress to select a text frame when you click on text. In the area of the text frame that is not filled with text, an object behind the text frame can be selected. You can also activate this mode through the Select Text Area Only icon on the Options toolbar.

    1. New document section

Start with Wizard sets Impress to start with the Presentation Wizard when opening a presentation with File > New > Presentation.

    1. Settings section

Use background cache sets Impress to use the cache for displaying objects on the master page. This setting speeds up the display. Unmark this box if you want to display changing contents on the master page.

Copy when moving automatically creates a copy when you move, rotate or resize an object while holding down the Ctrl key. The original object will remain in its current position and size.

Objects always movable lets you move an object with the Rotate tool enabled. If this box is not marked, the Rotate tool can only be used to rotate an object.

Unit of measurement determines the unit of measurement for presentations.

Tab stops defines the spacing between tab stops.

    1. Start presentation section

Always with current page specifies that a presentation starts with the current slide. Unmark this box to always start a presentation with the first page.

    1. Compatibility section

The settings in this area are valid for the current document only.

Use printer metrics for document formatting applies printer metrics for printing and for formatting the display on the screen. If this box is not checked, a printer-independent layout is used for screen display and printing.

Add spacing between paragraphs in the current document calculates the paragraph spacing in Impress exactly as Microsoft PowerPoint does. Microsoft PowerPoint adds the bottom spacing of a paragraph to the top spacing of the next paragraph to calculate the total spacing between both paragraphs. Impress normally uses only the larger of the two spacings.

  1. View options

In the Options dialog, click OpenOffice.org > Impress > View.

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      1. Alternative display section

If graphics elements are very complex, the screen display may build up a little slower than usual. Choosing alternative display options prevents some items from displaying on the screen during editing and thus speeds up screen redisplay.

Image placeholders displays only the contour of inserted graphics. You can also use the Picture Placeholders icon on the Options toolbar.

Contour mode displays only the contour of filled drawings, without the fill. You can also use the Contour Mode icon on the Options toolbar.

Text placeholders displays a text window without its text contents. You can also use the Text placeholders icon on the Options toolbar.

Line contour only displays lines and contours as fine lines, ignoring the currently used line width. You can also use the Line contour only icon on the Options toolbar.

    1. Display section

Rulers visible displays the rulers at the top and the left of the work area.

Guides when moving displays dotted guides that extend beyond the box containing the selected object and which cover the entire work area, helping you position the object when moving it. You can also use the Guides when moving icon on the Options toolbar.

All control points in Bézier editor displays the control points of all Bézier points if you have previously selected a Bézier curve. If this box is not marked, only the control points of the selected Bézier points will be visible.

Contour of each individual object displays the contour line of each individual object when moving the object. This enables you to see if single objects conflict with other objects in the target position. If you do not mark this box, Impress displays only a square contour that includes all selected objects.

  1. Grid options

The Grid page defines the grid settings for Impress. Using a grid helps you determine the exact position of your objects. You can also set this grid in line with the snap grid.

If you have activated the snap grid but wish to move or create individual objects without snap positions, you can press the Ctrl to deactivate the snap grid for as long as needed.

In the Options dialog, click OpenOffice.org > Impress > Grid.

      1. Grid section

Snap to grid activates the “snap” function.

Visible grid displays grid points on the screen. These points will not display or print as part of a presentation.

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    1. Resolution section

Here you can set the unit of distance for the spacing between horizontal and vertical grid points and subdivisions (intermediate points) of the grid.

Synchronize axes changes the current grid settings symmetrically.

    1. Snap section

To snap lines snaps the edge of a dragged object to the nearest snap line when you release the mouse button. You can also use the Snap to Guides icon on the Options toolbar.

To the page margins aligns the contour of the graphic object to the nearest page margin. The cursor or a contour line of the graphics object must be in the snap range. You can also use the Snap to Page Margins icon on the Options toolbar.

To object frame aligns the contour of the graphic object to the border of the nearest graphic object. The cursor or a contour line of the graphics object must be in the snap range. You can also use the Snap to Object Border icon on the Options toolbar.

To object points aligns the contour of the graphic object to the points of the nearest graphic object. The cursor or a contour line of the graphics object must be in the snap range. You can also use the Snap to Object Points icon on the Options toolbar.

Snap range defines the snap distance between the mouse pointer and the object contour. Impress snaps to a snap point if the mouse pointer is nearer than the distance selected in the Snap range box.

    1. Snap position section

When creating or moving objects restricts graphic objects vertically, horizontally or diagonally (45°) when creating or moving them. You can temporarily deactivate this setting by pressing the Shift key.

Extend edges creates a square based on the longer side of a rectangle when the Shift key is pressed before you release the mouse button. This also applies to an ellipse (a circle will be created based on the longest diameter of the ellipse). When the Extend edges box is not marked, a square or a circle will be created based on the shorter side or diameter.

When rotating restricts the rotation of graphic objects within the rotation angle that you selected in the When rotating box. If you want to rotate an object outside the defined angle, press the Ctrl key when rotating. Release the key when the desired rotation angle is reached.

Point reduction defines the angle for point reduction. When working with polygons, you might find it useful to reduce their editing points.

  1. Print options

In the Options dialog, click OpenOffice.org > Impress > Print.

See Chapter 9 (Printing, e-mailing, exporting, and saving slide shows) for more about the options on this page.

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