Fields allow the
insertion of text automatically in the slide. Rather than text,
think of a field as a kind of formula which is calculated when the
document is loaded or printed, where the result of the formula is
written to the document.
insert a field in a slide, move the cursor where the field will be
and then select from the menu bar Insert
> Fields followed by one of these choices:
(fixed): inserts the date at time of inserting the
(variable): upon loading the file, the field is updated
and contains the date at the time of opening the file.
(fixed): a field displaying the time of insertion.
(Variable): a field which is updated at time of opening
The author of the presentation. This information is derived from
the value recorded in the general options. To modify this
information go to Tools >
Options > OpenOffice.org section then select User
number: inserts the page number of the slide.
name: a field with the name of the file.
default, the fields are displayed with a gray background. To remove
the shading, go to View
in the menu bar and deselect Field
Shading; alternatively, press Control+F8.
of all the fields, excluding the page number field, can be
customized from the corresponding field editor. To access the field
editor (Figure 51):
the cursor to the field and select it.
Edit > Fields from the menu bar.
the desired format in the dialog that appears.
similar list of format choices can be accessed by selecting the
field and right clicking.
to the page number fields can be done in two different ways:
the field and apply the formatting manually.
to the slide master editing mode (View
> Master > Slide Master), then modify the
Background object style as desired. Once back in Normal view,
insert the page numbers from the Insert
> Page Number box. See Chapter 2 for more information
about editing a slide master.
on use of fields
you want to have the same field appearing on all the slides of the
presentation (for example the page number), it is faster and more
convenient to add the field to the slide master, as explained in
fields, such as the file name or the author, are often more suitable
to be inserted in a single slide such as the first or the last.