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OpenOffice Impress 3.x Guide
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Choosing a slide layout from the list

After creating a new slide, decide what this slide will contain and what layout is most suitable for the purpose. Impress offers various types of predefined layouts that can be applied to a slide; these layouts are shown in the figure below.

The available automatic layouts for slides

To apply a layout to a slide:

  1. In the Task pane, select the Layouts tab. If the Task pane is not visible, select first View > Task Pane.
  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the layout thumbnail to get a tooltip with a summary of the contents included in the layout.
  3. Click on the selected layout to apply it to the slide.
Image:documentation_note.png If the layout is changed when the slide already contains contents, Impress will not delete the contents, so slide elements may overlap.

You cannot create new AutoLayouts. However, if none of these layouts suit your requirements, you can rearrange elements on an individual slide and duplicate that slide as often as needed, copy it from one presentation to another, or save it in a template.

All the techniques discussed in Chapter 3 for working with text boxes can be applied to the Title and AutoLayout text elements of the slide, while the placeholder for images can be moved and resized as discussed in Chapter 4. Chapter 7 describes how to include and modify spreadsheets, charts, and other objects.

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