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Impress Guide 7.0

Chapter 9
Slide Shows and Photo Albums

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Peter Schofield

Claire Wood

Jean Hollis Weber

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Regina Henschel

Samantha Hamilton

Olivier Hallot

Dave Barton

 

To previous editions.

Peter Schofield

Dimona Delvere

Michele Zarri

T. Elliot Turner

Jean Hollis Weber

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Chad D. Lines

Low Song Chuan

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Agnes Belzunce

Peter Hillier-Brook

Gary Schnabl

Claire Wood

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Publication date and software version

Published February 2021. Based on LibreOffice 7.0.

Introduction

LibreOffice Impress gives you the tools to organize and display a slide show, including:

Creating slide shows

Basic settings

Most tasks associated with putting together a slide show are best done in Slide Sorter view where all of your slides in the presentation appear in the workspace.

1)  Open the Slide Sorter view (Figure 1) using one of the following methods:

2)  Go to Slide Show > Slide Show Settings on the main menu bar to open the Slide Show Settings dialog (Figure 2).

3)  Select the options you want to use for your slide show.

4)  Click OK to save your changes and close the Slide Show Settings dialog.

Slide Show options

Figure 1: Slide Sorter view

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Figure 2: Slide Show Settings dialog

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Note

The multiple displays setting is not an option saved with the presentation file, but is instead saved as a local setting in the user configuration for the computer. This means that if you open the presentation on a different computer, the local settings for that computer are applied.

Hiding slides

You may not want to show all of the slides in a particular slide show. You can either hide some of the slides or set up a custom slide show to suit your requirements. For example, you may have draft slides that you do not want to show until they are finished, or you may have some slides that contain information for yourself, but not your audience.

Hiding slides

1)  In the Slides pane, or Slide Sorter view in the Workspace, select the slides that you want to hide.

2)  Hide selected slides using one of the following methods:

The selected slide is now displayed grayed out to indicate that it is hidden (Figure 4). The slide is not deleted and remains in the presentation file.

Showing hidden slides

1)  In the Slides pane, or Slide Sorter view in the Workspace, select the hidden slides that you want to show.

2)  Show the selected slides using one of the following methods. Show Slide is only active when there hidden slides are selected in your presentation.

Figure 3: Slide View toolbar

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Figure 4: Slide 3 hidden

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Figure 5: Custom Slide Shows dialog

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Custom slide show

To show the slides in a different order, you can either rearrange them in the Slides pane or Slide Sorter view in the Workspace, or set up a custom slide show.

You can define as many custom slide shows as you require from one set of slides. In a custom slide show, you can select which slides to include as well as the order in which they are shown. Any hidden slides will not appear in a custom slide show.

Creating custom slide show

1)  Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show on the main menu bar to open the Custom Slide Shows dialog (Figure 5).

2)  Click on New and the Define Custom Slide Show dialog opens (Figure 6).

3)  Type a name for the new custom slide show in the Name text box.

4)  In the Existing slides list, select the slides to include in the show.

5)  Click the >> button to include the slides in the Selected slides list. You can select and include several slides at the same time. Hold down the Shift key and click the first and last slide in a group to select that group, or hold down the Ctrl key and click on individual slides to select them.

Figure 6: Define Custom Slide Show dialog

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6)  If required, rearrange the slide order in the Selected slides list. Click on a slide name and drag it to a new position in the list, then release the mouse button.

7)  Click OK to save the custom slide show and return to the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

8)  To activate a custom show, select it in the list in the Custom Slide Shows dialog and then select the Use custom slide show option.

9)  Click Start to test the custom slide show or click OK to close the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

Editing custom slide show

1)  Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show on the main menu bar to open the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

2)  Select the name of the custom slide show you want to edit and click on Edit and the Define Custom Slide Show dialog opens.

3)  Add slides, remove slides, change the slide order, or change the name of the custom slide show in the Define Custom Slide Show dialog.

4)  Click OK to save the custom slide show and return to the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

5)  Click OK to close the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

Copying custom slide show

1)  Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show on the main menu bar to open the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

2)  Select the title of the custom slide show you want to copy and click on Copy. The name of the selected custom slide show is repeated with the word (Copy 1) added to the name.

3)  Select the name of the copied custom slide show and click on Edit and the Define Custom Slide Show dialog opens.

4)  Change the name of the copied custom slide show in the Define Custom Slide Show dialog.

5)  Click OK to save the copied custom slide show and return to the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

6)  Click OK to close the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

Deleting custom slide show

1)  Go to Slide Show > Custom Slide Show on the main menu bar to open the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

2)  Select the name of the custom slide show you want to delete and click on Delete. Deletion is immediate and no confirmation message appears.

3)  Click OK to close the Custom Slide Shows dialog.

Using slide transitions

Slide transitions are effects and/or sounds that take place between slides when slides change in a slide show. Transitions can add a professional look to a slide show, smoothing the change over between slides.

Adding transitions

1)  Click on Slide Transition in the Sidebar to open the Slide Transition deck (Figure 7).

2)  Open the presentation file where you want to add slide transitions.

3)  In the Slides Pane or Slide Sorter view in the Workspace, select the slides where you want to apply slide transitions.

4)  Click on a transition from the displayed list to apply it to the selected slide.

Figure 7: Slide Transition deck on Sidebar

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5)  To apply the same transition to all slides in the presentation, click on Apply Transition to All Slides at the bottom of the Slides Transition deck.

6)  To check how the transition looks, click on Play at the bottom of the Slides Transition deck. Alternatively, to automatically preview how the transition looks when it is applied, select Automatic Preview at the bottom of the Slides Transition deck.

7)  In the Modify Transition section, select from the available options as follows:

8)  In the Advance Slide section, select one of the two following options on how the slides change in a presentation. Only one option can be selected as follows:

Tip

A single type of transition can be applied to all the slides in the slide show or a different transition to any or every single slide in the slide show. While using many different transitions may be fun to do, it may not give your slide show a professional appearance.

Removing transitions

1)  Click on Slide Transition in the Sidebar to open the Slide Transition deck.

2)  Select the slides where you want to remove the transitions.

3)  Select None at the top of the Slide Transition deck in the Sidebar.

Note

Slides with transitions are indicated by a star in the bottom left corner of the slide when viewed in the Slides Pane or the Slide Sorter view in the Workspace.

Playing music

You can play music during a slide show instead of a sound as a transition effect. When using music in a slide show, make sure you not infringing any musical copyright or licensing for the music.

1)  Click on Slide Transition in the Sidebar to open the Slide Transition deck.

2)  Open the presentation file where you want to add slide transitions.

3)  In the Slides Pane or Slide Sorter view in the Workspace, select the slide where you want to add music.

4)  In the Modify Transition section, select Other sound from the Sound drop-down list.

5)  In the file browser window that opens, navigate to where the music file is located.

6)  Select the music file you want to use and click on Play to check if the music file is suitable.

7)  If the music is suitable, click Open to add the music to the selected slide and close the file browser window.

8)  To play a music file continuously in the slide show, select the option Loop until next sound. The music file restarts once it is finished until the next music file that is inserted in the slide show.

Note

Do not select the Apply Transition to All Slides option, otherwise the selected music file restarts at every slide.

Note

The music file is linked to a slide show rather than embedded. If you plan to display the slide show on a different computer, remember that you also have to make the music file available on the computer where the slide show will be played and establish the link to the music file before starting the slide show.

Animations

Slide animations are similar to transitions, but they are applied to individual elements in a single slide, such as title, chart, shape, or individual bullet point. Animations can make a presentation more lively and memorable. However, as with transitions, heavy use of animations can be fun, but distracting and even annoying for an audience expecting a professional presentation.

Animations are best applied using Normal view in the Workspace so that you can easily select individual objects on a single slide.

Note

At present it is not possible to apply animations to elements in master slides. This means that if you want to display the items in a text box one by one and use the same animation on more than one slide, you need to apply the effects to each slide. Alternatively you can copy the animated element from one slide to another.

Applying animation

On a slide, an element such as a graphic or an entire text box has selection handles around it when selected. If you select only a portion of the text in a text box, you may not see any selection handles.

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  Select the slide and element you want to animate.

3)  On the Sidebar, select Animation to open the Animation deck (Figure 8).

4)  Click on Add Effect (+ plus sign) to open the animation options on the Animation deck.

5)  Select an animation category from the Category drop down list.

6)  Select an animation effect from the available options in the Effect list.

Figure 8: Animation deck on Sidebar

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7)  Select how the animation starts from the Start drop down list.

8)  Select the direction of the animation from the Direction drop down list.

9)  Enter a time for the duration of the animation in the Duration box.

10)  Enter a time for the delay of when the animation starts in the Delay box.

11)  If you require more animation options, see “Additional animation options” below for more information.

12)  If required, select Automatic Preview so you can automatically check how the animation looks when applied to a slide element.

13)  Click on Play to check how the animation looks when applied to a slide element.

Note

The options available for an animation depend on the Category and Effect that have been selected for an animation.

Changing animation

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  On the Sidebar, select Animation to open the Animation deck.

3)  Select the slide and the slide element where you want to change the animation effect in the Animation box.

4)  Using the procedure in “Applying animation” above, select a new animation effect for the selected element.

5)  Click on Play to check how the animation looks when applied to a slide element.

Removing animation

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  Select the slide and the animated element you want to remove.

3)  On the Sidebar, select Animation to open the Animation deck.

4)  Click on Remove Effect to remove the animation from the selected element.

Additional animation options

Some animations have additional options that you can set or change. That actual options that are available depend on the animation selected.

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  On the Sidebar, select Animation to open the Animation deck.

3)  Select the slide and element where you want to apply additional animation options.

4)  Click on Options to the right of the Direction drop down list to open the Effect Options dialog (Figure 9).

Figure 9: Effect Options dialog - Effect page

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Figure 10: Effect Option dialog - Timing page

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Figure 11: Effect Options dialog - Text Animation page

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5)  Click on a tab to open the options for the type of effect options you want to change and use.

6)  Click OK to save your changes and close the Effect Options dialog.

Effect options

Specifies the settings and enhancements for the selected animation using the Effect page in the Effect Options dialog (Figure 9).

Timing options

Specifies the timing for the selected animation using the Timing page in the Effect Options dialog (Figure 10).

Text animation options

Specifies the text animation settings for the selected animation using the Text Animation page in the Effect Options dialog (Figure 11).

Animation example

Creating animations on a slide takes practice to achieve the animation effect you want. The following steps explains how to setup the animation shown in Figure 12 as a simple example of multiple animations that you can create. The example slide is taken from a LibreOffice presentation. It would be very easy for you to create a similar slide and recreate this example.

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  Select a slide that you want to animate.

3)  On the Sidebar, select Animation to open the Animation deck.

4)  Select two elements on the slide, then click on Add Effect (+ plus sign) to open the animation options on the Animation deck. The selected elements appear on the Animation deck.

5)  Select the first element (Shape 1: Green Bright) and select Entrance from the Category drop down list.

6)  Select the following options for the animation:

Figure 12: Animation example

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7)  Select the second element (Shape 3: Blue Bright) and select Motion Paths from the Category drop down list.

8)  Select the following options for the animation:

9)  Go to Slide Show > Rehearse Timings on the main menu bar and check the animation of these two objects.

Using interactions

Interactions are where objects on a slide are used to create an event when it is clicked with the mouse cursor. These objects with interactions can be buttons, images, or text objects.

1)  Go to View > Normal on the main menu bar to open Normal view in the Workspace.

2)  Select a slide where you want to add an interaction to an object on the slide.

3)  Select the object, then use one of the following methods to open the Interaction dialog (Figure 13).

4)  Select an interaction from the Action at mouse click drop-down list. The options available in this dialog depend on the interaction that has been selected.

5)  Click OK to save your changes and close the Interaction dialog.

Figure 13: Interaction dialog

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Slide shows

Running a slide show

1)  Open your presentation and start the slide show using one of the following methods:

2)  If the slide transition is set to Automatically after x sec, the slide show starts and runs after the set time has elapsed.

3)  If the slide transition is set to On mouse click, use one of the following methods to advance the slides:

4)  To navigate backwards through a slide show one slide at a time, use one of the following methods:

5)  During a slide show, more navigation options are available when you right click on a slide and use the options available in the context menu.

6)  When the last slide has displayed, the message Click to exit presentation... is displayed on screen. Press the Esc key or click the left mouse button to exit the slide show.

7)  To exit the slide show and return to the Impress workspace at any time, press the Esc key during the slide show.

Note

During the slide show, any animations on a slide are run in the specified order as the slide is displayed.

Context menu navigation and options

If the slide show consists of more than one slide, right-clicking on the screen opens a context menu displaying navigation options. These navigation options are as follows:

Automatic slide show repeat

1)  Go to Slide Show > Slide Show Settings on the main menu bar to open the Slide Show Settings dialog (Figure 2)

2)  In Presentation Mode, select the option Loop and repeat after and a time delay in the box of when you want the slide show to start again.

3)  If necessary, select Show logo if you want the LibreOffice logo to be displayed during the pause between slide shows.

4)  Click OK to save the settings and close the Slide Show Settings dialog.

Slide show timing

Default timing

1)  Click on Slide Transition in the Sidebar to open the Slide Transition deck (Figure 7).

2)  Select None at the top of the Slide Transition deck in the Sidebar as the transition effect.

3)  Select the option Automatically after in Advance Slide and set a time in the box.

4)  Click on Apply Transition to All Slides to set the default timing of the slide show.

5)  Go to Slide Show > Start from First Slide on the main menu bar to check how the presentation runs.

6)  If necessary, adjust the default timing until you are satisfied on how the slide show runs.

Variable timing

1)  Select Slide Show > Rehearse Timings on the main menu bar. The slide show starts in full-screen mode and a timer appears in the lower left corner of the display.

2)  When you want to advance to the next slide, click on the timer to set the time duration for the displayed slide and advance to the next slide. To keep the default time duration for a slide, click the slide and not the timer.

3)  Continue until the time duration is set for all slides in the slide show. Impress records the time duration set for each slide.

4)  To exit from rehearsal timing of the slide show, press the Esc key, or click on the slide.

Presenter Console

Normally, LibreOffice Impress already includes the Presenter Console when LibreOffice is installed on your computer. If the Presenter Console is not included, the extension can be downloaded from the LibreOffice website and installed on your computer. For more information, see Chapter 11, Setting up and Customizing Impress.

The Presenter Console provides extra control over slide shows when using dual displays, such as a laptop for yourself and large display or projector for your audience. The view you see on your computer display includes the current slide that can be seen by the audience, the next slide in your presentation, any slide notes, and a presentation timer.

Note

The Presenter Console only works with operating systems that support two displays. When two displays are being used, one display can be a laptop.

The Presenter Console provides the following views to assist you when making a presentation:

Figure 14: Presenter Console – Default view

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Figure 15: Presenter Console - Notes view

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Figure 16: Presenter Console - Slides view

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Photo albums

Impress can create a photo album from a set of images, usually with one photo per slide. This photo album can be a slide show or multimedia show with graphics and images or your latest vacation pictures.

1)  Create a new presentation or open an existing presentation.

2)  Select the slide that is going to precede the photo album. In a new presentation, this will be the first slide.

Figure 17: Create Photo Album dialog

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3)  Go to Insert > Media > Photo Album on the main menu bar to open the Create Photo Album dialog (Figure 17).

4)  Click on Add to open a file browser.

5)  Navigate to the folder where your pictures or photos are located.

6)  Select the pictures or photos you want to use and click on Open. This closes the file browser and the selected files appear in the Create Photo Album dialog.

7)  Select the number of images per slide in the Slide layout: drop-down list.

8)  If required, select Add caption to each slide. This inserts a text box on each slide allowing you to add a caption to the images.

9)  If required and there is only one image per slide, select Fill Screen for each image to fill the entire slide.

10)  Create the required sequence of photos or pictures by moving image files up or down in the list of images.

11)  When the sequence of images is ready, click Insert Slides to create the number of slides required for your photo album. Impress creates a presentation with as many slides that are required to contain your images. The sequence can be changed later, as you can with any slides.

12)  If required, you can copy and paste images between slides as you can with any other elements that can be placed on a slide.

13)  If required, you can setup your photo album and run it as a slide show. See “Creating slide shows” above and “Slide shows” above.

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