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OpenOffice Impress User Guide
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Working with slide masters

Impress comes with five pre-packaged slide masters. They are shown in the Master Pages section of the Tasks pane (Figure 19). This section has three subsections: Used in This Presentation, Recently Used, and Available for Use. Click the + sign next to the name of a subsection to expand it to show thumbnails of the slides, or click the – sign to collapse the subsection to hide the thumbnails.

Each of the slide masters shown in the Available for Use list is from a template of the same name. If you have created your own templates, or added templates from other sources, slide masters from those templates will also appear in this list. See “Working with templates” on page 40 for more about templates.

    1. Creating slide masters

You can create a new slide master in a similar way to modifying the default slide master.

Figure 18: Master View toolbar

To start, enable editing of slide masters by View > Master > Slide Master.

On the Master View toolbar (Figure 18), click the New Master icon (highlighted in the figure).

A second slide master appears in the Slides pane. Modify this slide master to suit your requirements. It is also recommended that you rename this new slide master. To do that, right-click on the slide in the Slides pane and select Rename master from the popup menu.

When you are done, close the Master View toolbar to return to normal slide editing mode.

  1. Applying a slide master

Figure 19: Available master pages (slides)

In the Tasks Pane, be sure the Master Pages section is showing (Figure 19).

To apply one of the slide masters to all slides in your presentation, click on it in the list.

To apply a different slide master to one or more selected slides:

  1. In the Slide Pane, select the slides you want to change.

  2. In the Tasks Pane, right-click on the slide master you want to apply to the selected slides, and click Apply to Selected Slides on the pop-up menu.

  1. Loading additional slide masters

Sometimes, in the same set of slides, you may need to mix multiple slide masters that may belong to different templates (the use of templates is explained later in “Working with templates” on page 40). For example, you may need a completely different layout for the first slide of the presentation, or you may want to add to your presentation a slide from a different presentation (based on a template available on the hard disk).

The Slide Design dialog makes this possible. Access this dialog either from the menu bar (Format > Slide design) or from the pop-up menu that appears when right-clicking on a slide in the Slides pane.

The main window in the dialog shows the slide masters already available for use. To add more:

  1. Click the Load button.

  2. Select in the new dialog the template from which to load the slide master. Click OK.

  3. Click OK again to close the slide design dialog.

The slide masters in the template you selected are now shown also in the Master Pages section of the Tasks pane in the Available for use subsection.


The slide masters you have loaded will also be available the next time you load the presentation. If you want to delete the unused slide masters, click the corresponding checkbox in the Slide Design dialog. Due to a bug, if the slide master was not used in the presentation, it is removed from the list of available slide masters anyway.


To limit the size of the presentation file, you may want to minimize the number of slide masters used.

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