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Creating a New Presentation using the OpenOffice Wizard


If you have ever had to give a presentation to a group of people, you will know how important it is to have visual aids: without something to look at, even the most committed audience may find their attention wandering. In addition, there are times when, as they say, a picture can be worth a thousand words!

[The OpenOffice Presentation module] allows you you put together bullet ponted lists, charts, graphs and pictures that you can display to an audience via an OHP .. or monitor screen

If you need to create a slideset for a presentation, the application you need to use is the Presentation module of OpenOffice. This allows you you put together bullet ponted lists, charts, graphs and pictures that you can display to an audience via an OHP (Overhead Projector) or monitor screen. They are particularly useful when you are hosting a meeting remotely from your audience -over the web, for example.

Using the OpenOffice Wizard

On Ubuntu, you can find the OpenOffice Presentation module under the following menu:

Applications → Office → Presentation:

The Presentation Menu

For Unity users, just click the LibreOffice Impress icon in the Launcher:

Unity Launcher LibreOffice Impress Icon

For Fedora users, search for "libre" in the Applications area:

Fedora Applications Area for LibreOffice

This will bring up a dialogue box that allows you to do three main things:

  • Open a new blank (“vanilla”) presentation

  • Open a new presentation, but guide you through how you want your presentation to look

  • Open an existing presentation

For this section, we will be asking OpenOffice to create a new presentation using the built-in Wizard, so select the middle option: “From Template”. Leave the theme name as “blue” and just click the “Next >>” button:

The Presentation Wizard Screen 1

The wizard will then ask you which slide design you wish to use and the output medium you will be using: leave these at their default setting for now and click “Next >>” to continue:

The Presentation Wizard Screen 2

The next screen (step 3) allows you to specify which slide transition to use (-i.e. the way that one slides morphs into the next). Try selecting a few from the “Effect” and “Speed” drop down boxes (-they will be previewed in the right hand pane if you have the “Preview” box checked) to see how they affect the transition. Here, we will chose a “medium speed, wipe from left to right” transition between slides. Click on the “Next >>” button when ready:

The Presentation Wizard Screen 3

Step 4 asks you to input some information about your presentation (-used to populate your slides later). When you are ready, click “Next >>” to continue:

The Presentation Wizard Screen 4

The final option asks you to choose which pages to apply this to (-normally, it will just create the first) and allows you to specify if a summary slide should be automatically created. When you are ready, click “Create” to create the presentation:

The Presentation Wizard Screen 5

Once created, you should see the first blank slide open in a new window, looking something like the following:

The Presentation New Slide Screen

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