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Accessing different views

Impress provides equivalent views to those provided by PowerPoint. The main difference is that Impress gives you quick access to all of its views from the main window (Figure 1).

The main window has three parts: the Slides pane, Workspace, and Tasks pane. The Slides pane allows you to do specific things to individual slides. The Workspace is where most of the work is done to create individual slides. The Tasks pane contains a group of four tasks which affect styles, the layout, animation, and transitions between slides in your presentation.

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The views are summarized in Table 1.

In PowerPoint the buttons for quickly changing the view are in the bottom left corner. In Impress the equivalent buttons are in the top center of the screen.

The view buttons have moved for OOo 2.0. They are now directly over the main editing area.

In PowerPoint the Notes view is only accessible from the View menu. In OOo, the Notes view is accessible at the top of the editing area.

To quickly access the Master Slide view in PowerPoint, you hold down the Shift key while clicking on the Normal View button. This action can not be performed in OOo.

In previous versions of OOo, the master view could be accessed easily from a button on the bottom of the window. Now, the only way to access and edit the master slide is to select View > Master > Slide Master.



The easy access button for layers is no longer present in OOo 2.0. Arranging objects between different layers is accomplished from the context menu.

Impress provides a Handout view for fine-tuning how handouts look. This is equivalent to (but more flexible than) PowerPoint's Handout Master option.

Table 1. Comparison of view names between PowerPoint and Impress.

PowerPoint name

Impress name

Main use

Normal

Normal

To edit the contents of the slide; both text and formatting.

Slide Sorter

Slide Sorter

To arrange the order of the slide show

Slide Show

Slide Show

Starts the presentation from the current slide

Outline

Outline

To edit the text, but none of the formatting.

Notes Page

Notes Page

To append notes to a slide

Master > Handout

Handout Page

To change the number and position of multiple slides to be printed on a page

Master > Slide

Master > Slide

To place and modify those things that are consistent in all slides in the presentation

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