Unlike in Writer, where it is recommended to try to use styles
whenever possible, in Impress manual formatting needs to be
used more often. This is because presentation styles are fixed;
therefore it is not possible, for example, to have two different
level 1’s or different types of bullet points for the same outline
Also, the lack of support for character styles forces the use of
manual formatting to modify sections of the text.
Text must be selected before it can be formatted.
To format all the text in a text box, click once on the text, then
click once on the border of the text box. Only the green resizing
handles are displayed. Now any formatting changes will apply to
all the text in the text box.
To format only part of the text, click once on the text, then select
the text to be formatted by clicking and dragging (highlighting)
over it. You can also use keyboard combinations to select text:
move the cursor where you want to begin your selection, press
Shift and then use the arrow buttons to extend your selection.
Formatting changes will apply only to the selected text.
To select text word by word, instead of by character, press the
Control key and Shift key together. To speed up the selection
even further, you can combine the Shift key with the Home key
or the End key to extend the selection up to the start or end of
the line in which the cursor is positioned, respectively.
Using styles to format text
Impress has two categories of styles: the presentation styles and the
graphics styles. Presentation styles are used on text inserted into an
AutoLayout area, slide master backgrounds, and background objects.
However, for text inserted in a text box or a graphic object, you need to
apply a graphic style.
In this chapter we focus mostly on Presentation styles. For information
on graphic styles, see Chapter 6 (Formatting Graphic Objects).
Adding and Formatting Text