4. In the first list box select the slide effect "Cross-Fade From Left". Select the
default "Medium" for the speed of change.
5. Select Automatic as the presentation type. An automatic presentation flips
through the slides at a defined duration until the Escape key is pressed.
6. Use the Duration of page spin box to determine how long each slide is
shown before the next one appears. Once you have finished your presenta-
tion, you can set a different duration for each slide individually.
7. Use the Duration of pause spin box to determine how long the pause will be
at end of the presentation before it starts again. If the Show Logo check box
is marked, you will have the "Created with StarOffice" logo displayed on the
The Default presentation type runs the presentation from beginning to end
using a manual slide transition (for example, a mouse click).
8. Click Next.
9. Enter additional text which you want to have appear in your presentation on
page four. Click Next.
On the final page of the AutoPilot you can determine the number of the
slides you want to have in your presentation. You also see the list of names
of all the slides in your presentation. If there are some slides you want to
remove from your presentation, click the page icon with the green check
mark next to the name. The check mark will disappear, which indicates that
that slide will not be included in your presentation. You can reverse this
action by clicking the page icon again.
10. If you click the plus sign in front of a slide, the headings from the first
outline level will be shown.
11. If you check the Create summary check box, the Auto Pilot will create an
additional last slide with a summary of all the titles of the previous slides in
the presentation. Normally this is not necessary, since most templates
already include such a page.
12. Click Create and your presentation will be created.
You can click Create on any of the AutoPilot pages. You don't always have to
go through all the pages of the Auto Pilot.
You can now edit, save, and print or run your presentation, and so on.
To start a presentation on a computer screen, press F9 key or click the Pres-
entation icon on the Main Toolbar.
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Creating a Simple Presentation Without the
This section explains, with the help of a simple example, how to create a presenta-
tion based on one of the existing templates.
Open a new presentation document based on one of the supplied templates by
choosing File - New - Templates and Documents, or with Shift+Ctrl+N.
In the Templates and Documents dialog that now appears, click the
Templates icon on the left and then double-click "Presentation Backgrounds".
Double-click one of the templates, such as "Note Pad".
You now see a slide in which you can replace the predefined text with text of
If the document is in Master view mode when you open it, click on the Slide view
mode icon in the lower left corner of the document window. A document is
opened in the view in which it was last saved.
To create a second slide, click the Insert Slide command in the small Pres-
entation window. (If the small Presentation window is not visible, click
the Presentation Box On/Off icon on the Object Bar). In the next dialog,
select a page layout and confirm with OK.
Alternatively you can also click in the area right of the "Slide 1" tab to create a new
slide, without any selection dialog. The new slide has the same layout as the
1. You will then see "Slide 2". After pressing OK, click once on the lower
text frame and delete it, for example, with the Delete key.
2. Click in the text frame at the top and enter a title. Now you are going
to insert a 3D object.
3. Long-click the 3D Objects icon to open its floating toolbar. Select the
4. Click on the slide below the Live in 3D text, drag open a 3D rectangle,
and then release the mouse button. You now have a 3D sphere.
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5. Drag the sphere into the center of the slide and enlarge it by dragging
one of the handles in one of the corners.
6. Assign an interesting color or color gradient to the sphere by way of
the list boxes on the Object Bar. In chapter 3D Globe on page 341, we
describe how to place a bitmap as a pattern on a 3D object, for
example, a world map from the Gallery.
You can now save your presentation by pressing the Ctrl+S shortcut keys and
specifying the name and location for the file.
Switching Presentation Views
To the right, above the vertical scroll bar, there are some icons for switching views
and for starting the presentation.
Start Slide Show
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To the left of the horizontal scroll bar, you see (in the drawing view, notes view
and handout view) the following icons:
Incorporating Slide Show Effects
In the Slide View mode, you can define transition effects to precede the display of
1. Click on the second slide once to select it.
2. On the Object Bar under Transition, select "Automatic" and enter the desired
display time for the first slide, for example 00:01:00. That means that the second
slide will be displayed for one minute.
3. Select a desired effect from the Effects list on the Object Bar.
4. Click the small button to the left underneath the second slide to preview the
5. Save your presentation again using Ctrl+S.
Showing a Presentation
No doubt you would like to take a look at your finished presentation
now. To run it, click the Slide Show icon on the Main Toolbar, and the
presentation will start automatically in default mode, that is to say, in
If you click once, the second slide will be displayed (preceded by the defined tran-
sition effect). After the last slide, you will see a black slide. End the presentation by
pressing the Escape key (also used to stop the presentation before the end).
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Editing a Presentation
Here we show you how to use StarOffice Impress to fine-tune your presentation.
Many of the methods available in StarOffice Draw can also be used in StarOffice
Impress. You can input text and convert it into 3D, turn objects into curves and
polygons, edit connectors and glue points and so on. You can also refer to the
StarOffice Draw chapter.
Changing the Slide Background Fill
You can change the background color or the background fill of the current slide or
all of the slides in your document. For a background fill, you can use hatching, a
gradient, or a bitmap image.
If you want to change the background fill for all of the
slides, click the Master View button in the lower left
corner of the workspace. To change the background
fill of a single slide, click the Slide View button in the
lower left corner of the workspace.
A background fill applied to a single slide overrides the master page back-
ground. However, objects on the master page remain visible. In StarOffice
Impress, you can hide the master page objects from the current slide by choosing
Format - Modify Layout, and clearing the Objects on background check box.
To use a color, gradient, or hatching pattern for the slide
1. Choose Format - Page, and then click on the Background tab.
2. In the Fill area, do one of the following:
Select Color, and then click a color in the list.
Select Gradient, and then click a gradient style in the list.
Select Hatching, and then click a hatching style in the list.
3. Click OK.
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To use an image for the slide background
You can display an entire image as a slide background, or you can tile the image to
produce a patterned background.
1. Choose Format – Page, and then click on the Background tab.
2. In the Fill area, select Bitmap, and then click an image in the list.
If you want to use a custom image for the slide background, close the Page Setup
dialog, and then choose Format - Area. Click the Bitmaps tab, and then click
Import. Locate the image you want to import and click Open. When you return
to the Background tab, the image you imported will be in the Bitmap list.
3. Do one of the following:
To display the entire image as the background, clear the Tile check box in
the Position area, and then select AutoFit.
To tile the image on the background, select Tile, and set the Size, Position,
and Offset options for the image.
4. Click OK.
This modification is only valid for the current presentation document.
Applying a Slide Design to a Master Slide
A master slide determines the text formatting style for the title and outline and
the background design for individual slides, or for all of the slides in a presenta-
tion. You can change the appearance of a master slide by applying a new slide
To apply a new slide design:
1. Select Format - Styles - Slide Design.
2. Click Load.
3. Under Categories, select a slide design category.
4. Under Templates, select a template with the design that you want to apply. To
preview the template, click More, and then select the Preview box.
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5. Click OK.
6. Do one of the following:
To apply the slide design to all of the slides in your presentation, select the
Exchange background page check box, and then click OK.
To apply the slide design to the current slide only, clear the Exchange back-
ground page check box, and then click OK.
Along with the slide design you can also assign a whole
set of Presentation Styles to your slides. Open the
Stylist to see a list of the pre-defined Styles. You can
modify the existing Styles and you can create new
The Styles Outline 1 through Outline 9 enable you to
give the outlined headings and topics on your slides a
1. Open a new, empty presentation with a slide
layout that allows outline levels. The slide layout
called "Title, Text" is suitable for this purpose.
The slide layout you choose determines the number of outline levels. If you
choose a slide layout which does not enable any outline, you will have no access
2. Activate the outline view mode by choosing menu View - Workspace -
Outline View or by pressing F12.
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One way to create a completely new presentation is in the Outline View mode. All
slide titles will appear in a list along with the headings and sub-topics. The hier-
archy of the headings as well as the sequence of the slides can be easily modified.
1. If the preview window is not open, choose View - Preview. The Preview
window enables you to view the slide layout, including text, background, and
background objects. You can dock the Preview window at the window border
if you press the Ctrl key and drag the window to the border.
2. In addition, open the Stylist either by choosing Format - Stylist or with the F11
3. The cursor is now blinking next to the small icon for slide 1. Enter the desired
text, for example First Page. This will be the title for slide 1.
4. If you press the Enter key, a small icon for slide 2 appears in the next line of the
Outline view. Enter a title for the second slide, for example, Second Page.
5. Press the Enter key again. You can now enter the text for the subtitle of slide 2
on the next line.
6. Now press the Tab key before you enter any text. By doing that, you ensure
that the text you then enter here will be a subtitle on slide 2.
7. You can also first start entering the text for the subtitle and then press the Tab
key. In a case like this where you have already entered text in the line, you will
see a message which warns you that with this action, you will delete slide 3 and
asks for a confirmation. Confirm it with OK.
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