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OpenOffice Impress 3.x Guide
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Choosing basic settings for a slide show

Basic settings for a slide show include which slide to start from, the way you advance the slides, the type of presentation, and pointer options.

Choose Slide Show > Slide Show Settings. The Slide Show dialog opens.

Choosing slide show settings
Choosing slide show settings.

In the Range section, choose which slides to include in the slide show:

  • All slides includes all of the slides except for those marked Hidden (see Hiding slides so they do not appear in a show). Slides are shown in the sequence they occur in the file. To change the sequence, either rearrange the slides in the slide sorter or choose a custom slide show (see Showing slides in a different order).
  • From: starts the show at a slide other than the first. For example, you might have several slides at the beginning that describe you and your company, but when you present this show to your work colleagues, you want to skip that introduction.
  • Custom Slide Show shows the slides in a different sequence that you have previously set up. This choice is not available until after you set up a custom slide show (see Showing slides in a different order). You can set up as many different custom shows as you wish from one set of slides; they will appear in the drop-down list under this choice.

In the Type section, choose how the slides will be displayed:

  • Default shows the slides full screen, without the program controls visible, and exits the show after the last slide.
  • Window runs the slide show in the program window and exits the show after the last slide.
  • Auto restarts the slide show after the last slide. A pause slide is displayed between the last slide and the start slide. Press the Esc key to stop the show.
    In the box under this choice, specify the length of time before the show restarts. If you enter zero, the show restarts immediately without showing a pause slide.
    To display the logo on the pause slide, select the Show logo checkbox. The logo cannot be changed.

In the Options section:

  • Change slides manually prevents slides from changing automatically. This choice overrides the Auto selection under Type.
  • Mouse pointer visible shows the mouse pointer during a slide show. If you do not have a laser pointer or other device, this can be quite useful.
  • Mouse pointer as pen enables you to write or draw on slides during the presentation. Anything you write with the pen is not saved when you exit the slide show. The color of the pen cannot be changed.
  • Navigator visible displays the Navigator during the slide show. For more about the Navigator, see Chapter 1 (Introducing Impress).
  • Animations allowed displays all frames of animated GIF files during the slide show. If this option is not selected, only the first frame of an animated GIF file is displayed. (This has nothing to so with the slide animations described in Using slide animation effects.)
  • Change slides by clicking on background advances to the next slide when you click on the background of a slide. (Other ways of advancing to the next slide include pressing the spacebar on the keyboard.)
  • Presentation always on top prevents any other program window from appearing on top of the presentation.

In the Multiple monitors section, you can choose which monitor to use for full screen slide show mode, if the current desktop is displayed on more than one monitor. If the current desktop spans only one monitor, or if the multiple-monitor feature is not supported on the current system, you cannot select another monitor. By default the primary monitor is used for slide show mode.

Image:documentation_note.png This multiple monitors setting are not a property of the document, but are instead saved in the user configuration. This means that if you open the presentation on a different computer the local settings are applied.

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