3.3. Communicating Your
Choose → from the main menu to launch OpenOffice.org
Impress. A wizard offers you assistance for creating a
presentation, but we won't detail it here. Just create an empty
presentation by clicking .
Figure 3.5. OpenOffice.org Impress'
There are options for
changing the slide shading, background color, line thickness,
This is where you compose
the slides which build your presentation.
main tools you use to create your slides: the text, shapes, curves,
lines and arrow input; object rotate, alignment and arrangement; and
Some of these
buttons contain a little triangle on one side. Keeping these buttons
pressed opens a menu of options for that tool. For example: filled or
hollow rectangles, sharp or round edges, etc.
Contains a gallery of
the templates available. Just click on the template you want to switch
the current slide to.
Displays a list of all
the slides comprising the presentation. Slides are displayed as
miniatures, so you can see what they look like at a glance. To open a
slide, search for it in the list, then click on it.
3.3.2. Adding Slides to Your
Choose → from the menu to add a new slide, after the current one,
with the currently selected slide template.
→ instead if you want to base your new slide's content
on the current one.
Choose → from the menu to insert a chart diagram into the current
slide. A “default” bar chart is inserted and
OpenOffice.org Impress switches to chart
mode. Click “outside” the chart area to return to the slide
You can drag
the border handles to adjust the chart's size. Double click on the drawn
chart, then right-click on it and select
to enter the data according to the chart you want to build (see Figure 3.6, “Entering Chart
Figure 3.6. Entering Chart
Once you have entered the
chart's data, close the data entry window and click on the page to
update the chart in the slide.
Repeat the double-click /
right-click sequence to change the chart's title, legends, axis, type (
2D or 3D, bar, pie, points, lines,
etc.), selecting the appropriate entries from the pop-up menu.
Use the → menu and click the Background tab
to define colors, gradients, patterns, or bitmapped backgrounds for the
slide. Each background type has options of its own. Feel free to explore
Using bitmaps for
backgrounds increases the file's size considerably. This could lead to
a performance hit, especially on older systems.
background is selected, you can make that background the default one for
all slides. Make your choice and the slide(s) background(s) will be
3.3.5. Transitions, Animations
menu has slide transitions, animations and
effects options and wizards which let you add “dynamism” to
your presentations. However, you should try not to overuse transitions,
animations and effects because they can be distracting to your audience,
turning their attention to the effects themselves instead of the content
of your presentation.
3.3.6. Running Your
→ , or press the F5 key to run your
presentation. The presentation then takes up the entire screen. Press
the Esc key to stop the presentation.