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OpenOffice Impress 3.x Guide
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Inserting additional slides

The steps for inserting additional slides are basically the same as for selecting the title page. It is a process that has to be repeated for each slide. Unless you are using more than one slide master, your only concern is the Layouts section of the Tasks pane.

Choosing a slide layout

First insert all the slides your outline indicates you will need. Only after this should you begin adding special effects such as custom animation and slide transitions.

Step 1: Insert a new slide. This can be done in a variety of ways—take your pick.

  • Insert > Slide.
  • Right-click on the present slide, and select Slide > New Slide from the pop-up menu.
  • Click the Slide icon in the Presentation toolbar.
Presentation toolbar

Step 2: Select the layout slide that bests fits your needs.

Step 3: Modify the elements of the slide. At this stage, the slide consists of everything contained in the slide master, as well as the chosen layout slide, so this includes removing unneeded elements, adding needed elements (such as pictures), and inserting text.

Image:documentation_caution.png Changes to any of the pre-packaged layouts can only be made using View > Normal, which is the default. Attempting to do this by modifying a slide master may result in unpredictable results and requires extra care as well as some trials and errors.
  1. Remove any element on the slide that is not required.
    1. Click the element to highlight it. (The green squares show it is highlighted.)
    2. Press the Delete key to remove it.
    Deleting an element of a slide
    Image:Tip.png Sometimes you will accidentally select the wrong layout slide or decide to change it. This is safe and does not cause loss of the contents already on the slide.
  2. Add any elements to the slide that you do need.
    1. Adding pictures to the clipart frame, if your chosen layout includes one:
      1. Double-click the picture within the frame. The Insert picture dialog box opens.
      2. Browse to the location of the picture you want to include. To see a preview of the picture, check Preview at the bottom of the Insert picture dialog box.
      3. Select the picture and click Open.
      4. Resize the picture as necessary. Follow the directions in the Caution note below.
    2. Adding pictures from graphic files to places other than the clipart frame:
      1. Insert > Picture > From File. The Insert picture dialog box opens.
      2. Browse to the graphic file. To see a preview of the picture, check Preview at the bottom of the Insert picture dialog box. Select a picture and click Open.
      3. Move the picture to its location.
      4. Resize the picture, if necessary.
    3. Adding OLE Objects is an advanced technique covered in Chapter 7 (Inserting spreadsheets, charts, and objects).
    Image:documentation_caution.png When resizing a graphic, right-click the picture. Select Position and Size from the context menu and make sure that Keep ratio is selected. Then adjust the height or width to the size you need. (As you adjust one dimension both dimensions will change.) Failure to do so will cause the picture to become distorted. Remember also that resizing a bitmap image will reduce its quality; better by far to create an image of the desired size outside of Impress.
  3. Adding text to a slide: If the slide contains text, click on Click to add an outline in the text frame and then type your text. The Outline styles from 1 to 10 are automatically applied to the text as you insert it. You can change the outline level of each paragraph as well as its position within the text using the arrow buttons on the Text Formatting toolbar (see Outline view).

Step 4: To create additional slides, repeat steps 1–3.

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