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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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The Drawing toolbar

The Drawing toolbar collects the majority of the tools normally used to create graphic objects. If this toolbar is not showing, select View > Toolbars > Drawing from the main menu bar.


The toolbar can be divided into two parts. The first part contains drawing objects, as shown in Figure 63. The tools in this part of the Drawing toolbar are:

  • Select: selects objects. To select multiple objects click on the top leftmost object and while keeping the mouse button pressed, drag the mouse to the bottom rightmost object of the intended selection. A marching ants rectangle identifying the selection area is displayed. It is also possible to select several objects by pressing the Control button while selecting the individual objects.

  • Line: draws a straight line.

  • Arrow: draws a straight line ending with an arrowhead. The arrowhead will be placed where you release the mouse button.

  • Rectangle: draws a rectangle. Press the Shift button to draw a square.

  • Ellipse: draws an ellipse. Press the Shift button to draw a circle.

  • Text: creates a text box with text aligned horizontally.

  • Vertical text: creates a text box with text aligned vertically. This tool is available only when Asian language support has been enabled in Tools > Options > Language Settings > Languages.

  • Curve: draws a curve. Click the black triangle for more options, shown in Figure 64. Note that the title of the submenu when undocked is Lines.


  • Connectors: draws a connector line between two figures. Click the black triangle for additional connectors, shown in Figure 65. The use of connectors is described in “Working with connectors“ on page 99.


  • Basic Shapes, Symbol Shapes, Block Arrows, Flowcharts, Callouts, Stars: click the black triangle to open a toolbar showing the available shapes in that category. The default shapes are shown in Figure 66. Select the desired shape, then draw as normal. Keep the Shift key pressed to obtain a shape where the height and width are equal.


The second part of the toolbar, shown in Figure 67, contains more generic tools.


Those tools are:

  • Edit points: select this tool, then select a shape or a line, to edit the individual points that form the shape or line.

  • Glue points: select this tool to edit the glue points of a graphic object. Glue points are the positions where connector lines terminate or start. See “Managing glue points” on page 100 for instructions.

  • Fontwork: opens the Fontworks gallery. See “Using Fontwork” on page 113 for further information.

  • From file: equivalent to Insert > Picture > From file on the main menu. See Chapter 4 for details.

  • Gallery: opens the gallery. Equivalent to Tools > Gallery on the main menu. See Chapter 4 for details.

  • Rotate: select this tool to rotate an object. As rotation is considered a formatting attribute, this is discussed in chapter 6 of this book.

  • Align object: see “Aligning shapes“ on page 105.

  • Arrange object: see “Arranging shapes“ on page 104.

  • Extrusion On/Off: switches 3D effects on or off for the selected object. Clicking this button also opens the 3D settings toolbar. See “Working with 3D shapes” on page 101 for details.

  • Interaction: opens a dialog where you can specify the interaction between the user and the object. See “Setting up interaction with a shape or image” on page 109.

  • Visible buttons: use the black triangle to open a menu that allows to add or subtract buttons to the toolbar. The step by step procedure is given in Chapter 4 of the Getting Started guide.

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