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Format Menu

Format -> Select

If you have been using a tool such as the line drawing tool which does not allow you to select other objects, you can use this menu item to return to the normal selection cursor.

Format -> Rotate

Changes the cursor to a double headed curved arrow. Click with the left mouse button onto an object and keep the button pressed.Drag with the cursor to rotate the object on the slide around its center. When you are happy with the position of the object, release the mousebutton to stop rotating.

If you change your mind and wish to cancel the rotation, use Edit -> Undo to later undo it.

Format -> Zoom

Allow you to zoom in or out in the current slide. You can see the zoom factor in the Edit toolbar, in the zoom indicator.

The zoom factor indicator

Left clicking on the slide will Zoom In . Right clicking on the current slide will present you a menu to allow you to Zoom In , to Zoom Out , to Zoom Entire Slide , to Zoom Slide Width or Zoom Slide Height , to Zoom Selected Objects or Zoom All Objects which put back all objects in your view.

This action has the same effect as View -> Zoom on another form.

Format -> Properties

Open the Properties dialog for the currently selected object on your slide.

The Propertiesdialog

The Properties dialog for an object allows you to manipulate it in a very detailed manner. You can change several properties for the selected object, like the text color if the object is text or the depth if the object is a picture.

Format -> Arrange Objects

This is where you can manipulate the stacking order of objects on the slide.

An object that is on top will cover, either partially or fully depending on its size, all other objects beneath it. Meanwhile an object on the bottom of the stack may not be visible at all, as it is covered up by other objects. An object in the middle may be partially covered by other objects, while partially covering yet more objects itself.

You can send the selected object down or up a layer, or directly to the top or bottom of the stack.

Format -> Align Objects

In the submenu you can quickly align all the currently selected objects with a side of the slide, or center them either vertically or horizontally.

Format -> Group Objects ( Ctrl + G )

If you are drawing, you might want to make something out of several objects. Arrange the individual parts where you want them, select one, then hold down the Ctrl key as you click in the others you want to group together. Click Group Objects and from then on they act as if they are just one thing. It glues things together.

Format -> Ungroup Objects ( Ctrl + Shift + G )

If you decide that you want to alter an object that is made out of several pieces, you can unglue it with this tool. Click somewhere away from the object to deselect it, then click to select one of its parts.

Format -> Shadow Objects...

This puts a colored copy of either text or a drawn object behind it. You can make nice “dropped shadows” for logos with this tool. To enable this item, ensure that you have object(s) selected (you will see the six small black boxes around the outline.) You choose the color, select which way the shadow is going to fall and select a distance. For text it looks nice if you set the distance to two or three. Click Apply to see the result of your settings for all selected objects on the slide without leaving the dialog.

Format -> Page Layout...

Allows you to set the page details. You can specify the margins, the orientation, either portrait (higher than wide) or Landscape (wider than high) formats. There are many templates, such as screen, A4, US legal.

Format -> Enable/Disable Document Header

Toggle the display of the header field on the current slide. Header content can only be added in the master slide but you can choose to display the header only on some slides with this action.

Format -> Enable/Disable Document Footer

Toggle the display of the footer field on the current slide. Footer content can only be added in the master slide but you can choose to display the footer only on some slides with this action.

Format -> Slide Background...

Allows you to alter the background to your presentation slides. Your options are Color/Gradient , (which lets you set either a plain color or one of many gradients) or Picture , which gives a dialog box to find the picture you want. Set the View mode: for this picture to Scaled , Centered , or Tiled .

If you want a plain color, click in the box to select it. Gradients only work when you have chosen two colors. The picture option allows you to center the picture, zoom it to cover the entire slide (if it is smaller than the screen, this is very useful) or tile it. This is used when you want a small pattern to repeat across the page. It's probably best used with patterns rather than pictures of logos.

You can get rid of a picture by selecting another one or choosing a color/gradient.

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