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OpenOffice Impress 3.x Guide
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Formatting handouts

You can format several aspects of the handout, from the page style to the elements that appear on the page. You cannot format individual handout pages; any changes apply to all handouts in the presentation file.

Formatting the page

To format the handout pages:

  1. Be sure you are in Handouts view. (Click the Handouts tab in the work area or select View > Handout Page from the menu bar.)
  2. Select Format > Page from the main menu, or right-click on the handout and select Slide > Page Setup from the pop‑up menu.
  3. On the Page Setup dialog, set the paper size, orientation (portrait or landscape), margins, and other parameters.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog.

Setting automatic layout options

In Handout view, as in Notes view, Impress creates four areas where you can put information about the presentation:

  • Header area
  • Date and Time area
  • Footer area
  • Slide number area

The way to access and customize these areas is the same as for the Notes and uses the same dialog. Refer to Setting automatic layout options for Notes for information.

Image:documentation_note.png The information in these areas does not show in Handout view, but it does appear correctly on the printed handouts.

Moving thumbnails and adding graphics

You can move (but not resize) the slide thumbnails and add lines, boxes, and other graphic elements to the handouts. The figure below shows an example. See Chapter 5 (Creating Graphic Objects) for instructions on using the graphics tools.

Customized 3-slide handout
Customized 3-slide handout.

Image:Tip.png After designing a handout, you may wish to save it in a template so you can reuse it whenever you want. See “Working with templates” in Chapter 2 (Using slide masters, styles and templates) for instructions on saving templates and starting a new presentation from a template.
Image:documentation_caution.png If you click on one of the other handout layouts and then return to the one you have reformatted, the slide thumbnails return to their original positions, although any lines or other graphics you have added remain where you put them. You will need to move the thumbnails back to where you want them.

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