Impress Guide 7.0

Appendix B


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Published February 2021. Based on LibreOffice 7.0.


In Impress there are several toolbars available to help you create an Impress presentation. Each toolbar has a default set of tools and the option to add additional tools to a toolbar.


The icons displayed in the Impress toolbars may differ from what you see on your screen. Toolbar icons depend on the computer system being used and how a LibreOffice has been setup.

Using toolbars

Displaying toolbars

To display and make a toolbar active go to View > Toolbars on the Menu bar. A context menu opens with a list of available toolbars for creating presentations in LibreOffice Impress. Click on a toolbar name to make it active. Active toolbars are indicated by a check mark next to the name as shown in Figure 1.

Figure 1: Impress toolbars



Some toolbars, although selected in View > Toolbars on the Menu bar, will not display until an object of the correct type is selected in the presentation. For example, the Image toolbar only displays when an image is selected.

Closing toolbars

To close a toolbar, use one of the following methods:

Moving toolbars

Locked toolbars

When a toolbar has been docked, it can also be locked into its position on the Impress main window. A floating toolbar cannot be locked into position.

Docked toolbars

By default, some toolbars are docked into position in the Impress main window. For example, the Standard toolbar is docked at the top of the main window. Docked toolbars can be undocked and moved to a new docked position on the main window or left as a floating toolbar. Before moving a toolbar, the toolbar must be unlocked.

1)  Move the mouse cursor over the small vertical handle at the left end of the toolbar. The mouse cursor changes to a moving cursor for your computer system and setup.

2)  Click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the toolbar to a new location. This can be a new docked position or a floating toolbar. A hashed border appears around the toolbar indicating the toolbar position as you drag it.

3)  Release the mouse button.

Floating toolbars

To move a floating toolbar, click on its title bar and drag it to a new floating location. Release the mouse button when the toolbar is in the desired position. A floating toolbar does not have to be positioned on the Impress main window for it to function.

Docking toolbars

To dock a toolbar, use one of the following methods:

Editing toolbars

When LibreOffice is installed on your computer, a set of toolbars suitable for each LibreOffice module are also installed. Each toolbar has a default set of tools to get you started in creating LibreOffice documents.

Adding tools

Install additional tools using Visible Buttons as follows:

1)  Right-click on a toolbar and select Visible Buttons from the context menu to display a list of available tools.

2)  Click on the tool you want to install and the tool will appear in the toolbar. The list of available tools closes automatically. A highlight or check mark next to the tool indicates that the tool is already installed on the toolbar.


When adding tools using Visible Buttons, the tool is added to the toolbar at the same position as the tool appears in the Visible Buttons list. That is, the top tool in Visible Buttons appears at the left end of the toolbar; the bottom tool in Visible Buttons list appears at the right end of the toolbar. Tool positions cannot be changed using Visible Buttons.

Deleting tools

Remove tools using Visible Buttons from a toolbar as follows:

1)  Right-click on a toolbar and select Visible Buttons from the context menu to display a list of available tools.

2)  Click on the tool you want to remove and the tool is removed from the toolbar. The highlight or check mark next to the tool is also removed. The list of available tools closes automatically.

Customizing toolbars

Extra tools and commands that are not available in Visible Buttons can be added to a toolbar using customization. Customization also allows you to create new toolbars should you require a specific set of tools for a specific task. For information on customizing toolbars, see the Getting Started Guide.



The tools installed on a toolbar are normally indicated in Visible Buttons either by the tool icon being highlighted or by a check mark. However, this install indication depends on computer setup and computer operating system being used.


On some toolbars, the icons have a small downward pointing triangle ▼ to the right of an icon. Click on this triangle to open further options that are available for use.


Some of the tools in the toolbars also have the option of using a keyboard shortcut instead of clicking on the tool. For a full list of keyboard shortcuts that are available in Impress, see Appendix A, Keyboard Shortcuts.


The 3D-Objects toolbar provides tools to create 3D objects in a presentation. It is activated either by going to View > Toolbars > 3D-Objects on the Menu bar or by clicking on the 3D Objects icon on the Drawing toolbar.


1)  Cube

2)  Sphere

3)  Cylinder

4)  Cone

5)  Pyramid

6)  Torus

7)  Shell

8)  Half Sphere


The 3D-Settings toolbar and its tools only become active when an object has been converted to 3D using the tool Toggle Extrusion and the converted object is then selected.


1)  Toggle Extrusion

2)  Tilt Down

3)  Tilt Up

4)  Tilt Left

5)  Tilt Right

6)  Depth

7)  Direction

8)  Lighting

9)  Surface

10)  3D Color

Align Objects

The Align Objects toolbar allows you to align several objects on a slide to improve the visual impact of a presentation.


1)  Left

2)  Centered

3)  Right

4)  Top

5)  Center

6)  Bottom


The Comments toolbar allows you to add, delete and navigate comments in a presentation. To use comments, it is recommended to add your name and initials in Tools > Options > LibreOffice > User Data so that comments can be easily identified.


1)  Comment (Ctrl+Alt+C)

2)  Previous Comment (Ctrl+Alt+PgUp)

3)  Next Comment (Ctrl+Alt+PgDown)

4)  Delete Comment

5)  Delete All Comments


The Drawing toolbar provides the majority of the tools normally used to create graphic objects on a slide. Some tool icons on this toolbar change to show the last tool selected and used.


1)  Select

2)  Zoom & Pan

3)  Zoom

4)  Text Box (F2)

5)  Vertical Text

6)  Fontwork

7)  Line Color

8)  Fill Color

9)  Line

10)  Rectangle

11)  Ellipse

12)  Line Ends with Arrow

13)  Lines and Arrows

14)  Curves and Polygons

15)  Connectors

16)  Basic Shapes

17)  Symbol Shapes

18)  Block Arrows (Arrow Shapes in Visible Buttons))

19)  Flowchart

20)  Callouts (Callout Shapes in Visible Buttons)

21)  Stars and Banners (Star Shapes in Visible Buttons)

22)  3D Shapes

23)  Position and Size (F4)

24)  Rotate

25)  Flip

26)  Align

27)  Arrange

28)  Distribution

29)  Shadow

30)  Crop

31)  Filter

32)  Edit Points (F8)

33)  Glue Points

34)  To Curve

35)  To Polygon

36)  To 3D

37)  T0 3D Rotation Object

38)  Toggle Extrusion

39)  Insert

40)  Controls

Some icon shapes shown on the Drawing toolbar depend on the last tool that had previously been selected and used.











Edit Points

The Edit Points toolbar becomes active when you select a polygon object and click Edit Points or use the keyboard shortcut F8. The tools provided allow you to edit the points of a curve or an object converted to a curve.


1)  Edit Points (F8)

2)  Move Points

3)  Insert Points

4)  Delete Points

5)  Convert to Curve

6)  Close Bezier

7)  Split Curve

8)  Corner Point

9)  Smooth Transition

10)  Symmetric Transition

11)  Eliminate Points


The Find toolbar opens by default in the bottom left corner of the Impress main window. The Find toolbar cannot be undocked and made into a floating toolbar.


1)  Close Find Bar

2)  Find Text

3)  Find Previous

4)  Find Next

5)  Find All

6)  Match Case

7)  Find and Replace (Ctrl+H)


The Fontwork toolbar is used to create graphical text objects in a presentation and provide the tools allowing you to edit the graphical text object.


1)  Insert Fontwork

2)  Fontwork Shape

3)  Fontwork Same Letter Heights

4)  Fontwork Alignment

5)  Fontwork Character Spacing

6)  Toggle Extrusion

Form Controls

The Form Controls toolbar provides tools required to create an interactive form. The toolbar adds controls to a form in a text, drawing, spreadsheet, presentation, or HTML document (for example a button that runs a macro).


1)  Select

2)  Toggle Design Mode

3)  Form Control Wizards

4)  Form Design

5)  Control Properties

6)  Form Properties

7)  Label

8)  Text Box

9)  Check Box

10)  Option Button

11)  List Box

12)  Combo Box

13)  Push Button

14)  Image Button

15)  Formatted Field

16)  Date Field

17)  Numerical Field

18)  Group Box

19)  Time Field

20)  Currency Field

21)  Pattern Field

22)  Table Control

23)  Navigation Bar

24)  Image Control

25)  File Selection

26)  Spin Button

27)  Scrollbar

Form Design

The Form Design toolbar opens a form in Design Mode so that a form can be edited. You cannot activate the controls of the form or edit contents in Design Mode. However, you can change the position and size of the controls, edit other properties, and add or delete controls in Design Mode.


1)  Select

2)  Control Properties

3)  Form Properties

4)  Position and Size (F4)

5)  Form Navigator

6)  Activation Order

7)  Add Field

8)  Automatic Control Focus

9)  Bring to Front (Ctrl+Shift++)

10)  Send to Back (Ctrl+Shift+-)

11)  Group (Ctrl+Shift+G)

12)  Ungroup (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G)

13)  Enter Group (F3)

14)  Exit Group (Ctrl+F3)

15)  Align

16)  Open in Design Mode

17)  Grid

18)  Snap to Grid

19)  Helplines While Moving

Form Navigation

The Form Navigation toolbar provides tools to edit a database table or to control the data view. The toolbar is normally displayed at the bottom of a document that contains fields that are linked to a database. The Form Navigation toolbar is only active when forms are connected to a database.

The Form Navigation toolbar allows you to move within records as well as to insert and to delete records. If data is saved in a form, the changes are transferred to the database. This toolbar also provides tools providing sort, filter, and search functions for data records.


1)  Find Record

2)  Record

3)  Absolute Record

4)  Text -> Record

5)  Total No. of Records

6)  First Record

7)  Next Record

8)  Last Record

9)  New Record

10)  Save Record

11)  Undo Data entry

12)  Delete Record

13)  Refresh

14)  Refresh Control

15)  Sort

16)  Sort Ascending

17)  Sort Descending

18)  AutoFilter

19)  Apply Filter

20)  Form-Based Filters

21)  Reset Filter/Sort

22)  Data source as Table

Glue Points

The Gluepoints toolbar provides tools to insert a glue point or modify the properties of a glue point. A glue point is a point where you can attach a connector. By default, LibreOffice automatically places a glue point at the center of each side of the bounding rectangle for every object you create.


1)  Insert Glue Point

2)  Exit Direction Left

3)  Exit Direction Top

4)  Exit Direction Right

5)  Exit Direction Bottom

6)  Glue Point Relative

7)  Glue Point Horizontal Left

8)  Glue Point Horizontal Center

9)  Glue Point Vertical Top

10)  Glue Point Vertical Center

11)  Glue Point Vertical Bottom


The Image toolbar provides tools to edit, modify, align, reposition and resize images. The Image toolbar only becomes active and available when an image is selected in a presentation. The Image toolbar automatically replaces the Line and Filling toolbar when it becomes active.


1)  Position and Size (F4)

2)  Align

3)  Left

4)  Centered

5)  Right

6)  Top

7)  Center

8)  Bottom

9)  Bring to Front (Ctrl+Shift++)

10)  Bring Forward (Ctrl++)

11)  Send Backward (Ctrl+-)

12)  Send to Back (Ctrl+Shift+-)

13)  In Front of Object

14)  Behind Object

15)  Reverse

16)  Line Style

17)  Line Width

18)  Line Color

19)  Area Style/Filling

20)  Fill Color

21)  Shadow

22)  Filter

23)  Image Mode

24)  Crop

25)  Vertically

26)  Horizontally

27)  Transformations

28)  Color

29)  Line

30)  Area

31)  Animation

32)  Interaction


The Insert toolbar allows you to insert different types of objects into your presentation.


1)  New Page (Ctrl+M)

2)  Floating Frame

3)  Insert Page from File

4)  Table

5)  Image

6)  Media

7)  Formula

8)  Chart

9)  OLE Object

Legacy Circles and Ovals

The Legacy Circles and Ovals toolbar provides tools to insert different types of circles and ovals into your presentation.


1)  Ellipse

2)  Circle

3)  Ellipse Pie

4)  Circle Pie

5)  Ellipse Segment

6)  Circle Segment

7)  Ellipse Unfilled

8)  Circle Unfilled

9)  Ellipse Pie Unfilled

10)  Circle Pie Unfilled

11)  Ellipse Segment Unfilled

12)  Circle Segment Unfilled

13)  Arc

14)  Circle Arc

Legacy Rectangles

The Legacy Rectangles toolbar provides tools to insert different types of rectangles and squares into your presentation.


1)  Rectangle

2)  Square

3)  Rectangle Rounded

4)  Rounded Square

5)  Rectangle Unfilled

6)  Square Unfilled

7)  Rounded Rectangle Unfilled

8)  Rounded Square Unfilled

Line and Filling

The Line and Filling toolbar lets you modify the main properties of an object. The tools and drop down lists vary according to the type of object selected.


1)  Position and Size (F4)

2)  Align

3)  Left

4)  Centered

5)  Right

6)  Top

7)  Center

8)  Bottom

9)  Arrange

10)  Bring to Front (Ctrl+Shift++)

11)  Bring Forward (Ctrl++)

12)  Send Backward (Ctrl+-)

13)  Send to Back (Ctrl+Shift+-)

14)  In Front of Object

15)  Behind Object

16)  Reverse

17)  Line Style

18)  Line Width

19)  Line Color

20)  Area Style/Filling

21)  Fill Color

22)  Shadow

23)  Arrow Style

24)  Vertically

25)  Horizontally

26)  Transformations

27)  Distribution

28)  Line

29)  Area

30)  3D Effects

31)  Image Map

32)  Animation

33)  Interaction

34)  Styles (F11)

35)  Grid

36)  Helplines While Moving

Master View

The Master View toolbar provides tools where you can create a new master slide, rename a master slide, delete a master slide, and close master slide view. This toolbar is only active when Impress is in master view.


1)  New Master

2)  Rename Master

3)  Delete Master

4)  Close Master View

Media Playback

The Media Playback toolbar provides the standard tools required to insert, view, play and listen to audio and video files. Impress supports many different media formats.


1)  Insert Audio or Video

2)  Play

3)  Pause

4)  Stop

5)  Repeat

6)  Position

7)  Mute

8)  Volume

9)  View


The Options toolbar allows you to define various settings for newly created presentation documents. For example how objects snap to the grid, object editing.


1)  Rotation Mode after Clicking Object

2)  Grid

3)  Display Snap Guide

4)  Helplines While Moving

5)  Snap to Grid

6)  Snap to Snap Guides

7)  Snap to Page Margins

8)  Snap to Object Borders

9)  Snap to Object Points

10)  Allow Quick Editing

11)  Select Text Area Only

12)  Double-click to edit Text

13)  Modify Object with Attributes

14)  Exit All Groups


The Outline toolbar provides frequently used editing tools for working with text outlines.


1)  Demote (Alt+Shift+Right)

2)  Promote (Alt+Shift+Left)

3)  Move Down (Alt+Shift+Down)

4)  Move Up (Alt+Shift+Up)

5)  Show Formatting

6)  Black & White View

7)  Show Only First Level

8)  Show All Levels

9)  Hide Subpoints

10)  Show Subpoints


The Presentation toolbar provides frequently used tools for working with presentations.


1)  New Slide

2)  Duplicate Slide

3)  Rename Slide

4)  Delete Slide

5)  Slide Layout

6)  Change Slide Master

7)  Expand Slide

8)  Go to First Slide

9)  Go to Previous Slide

10)  Go to Next Slide

11)  Go to Last Slide

12)  Move Slide to Start

13)  Move Slide Up

14)  Move Slide Down

15)  Move Slide to End

Slide Sorter

The Slide Sorter toolbar allows you to select slides in the current presentation and start a presentation from the first slide.


1)  Select

2)  Start from First Slide (F5)

Slide View

The Slide View toolbar opens with the Slide Sorter view.


1)  Rehearse Timings

2)  Show Slide

3)  Hide Slide

4)  Slides per Row


The Standard toolbar is common to all LibreOffice modules and provides the most common tools when creating and editing documents using LibreOffice. The Standard toolbar will differ between the different LibreOffice modules to allow for different toolsets used in creating the different types of documents.


1)  Load URL

2)  New (Ctrl+N)

3)  Templates (Ctrl+Shift+N)

4)  Open (Ctrl+O)

5)  Open Remote

6)  Save (Ctrl+S)

7)  Save As (Ctrl+Shift+S)

8)  Email

9)  Edit Mode (Ctrl+Shift+M)

10)  PDF

11)  Print Directly

12)  Print (Ctrl+P)

13)  Cut (Ctrl+X)

14)  Copy (Ctrl+C)

15)  Paste (Ctrl+V)

16)  Close (installed)

17)  Clear (Ctrl+Shift+M)

18)  Undo (Ctrl+Z)

19)  Redo (Ctrl+Y)

20)  Find and Replace (Ctrl+H)

21)  Auto Spellcheck (Shift+F7)

22)  Zoom & Pan

23)  Zoom

24)  Grid

25)  Helplines While Moving

26)  Display Views

27)  Views Tab Bar

28)  Format Slide

29)  Master Slide

30)  Start from First Slide (F5)

31)  Start from Current Slide (Shift+F5)

32)  Table

33)  Image

34)  Media

35)  Chart

36)  Text Box (F2)

37)  Symbol (toolbar name Insert Special Characters)

38)  Vertical Text

39)  Insert Fontwork

40)  Hyperlink (Ctrl+K)

41)  Draw Functions

42)  Interaction

43)  LibreOffice Help

44)  What’s That

Standard (Single Mode)

The Standard (Single Mode) toolbar becomes active when the user interface is switched to single mode. Go to View > User Interface on the Menu bar and select Single Toolbar.


1)  New (Ctrl+N)

2)  Open (Ctrl+O)

3)  Save (Ctrl+S)

4)  PDF

5)  Print (Ctrl+P)

6)  Print Preview (Ctrl+Shift+O)

7)  Undo (Ctrl+Z)

8)  Redo (Ctrl+Y)

9)  Find and Replace (Ctrl+H)

10)  Clone

11)  Spelling

12)  Entire Page

13)  New Slide

14)  Duplicate Slide

15)  Rename Slide

16)  Delete Slide

17)  Slide Layout

18)  Display Views

19)  Text Box (F2)

20)  Image

21)  Media

22)  Chart

23)  Table

24)  Insert Fontwork

25)  Line

26)  Rectangle

27)  Ellipse

28)  Lines and Arrows

29)  Curves and Polygons

30)  Connectors

31)  Basic Shapes

32)  Symbol Shapes

33)  Arrow Shapes

34)  Flowchart Shapes

35)  Callout Shapes

36)  Star Shapes

37)  3D Objects

38)  Position and Size (F4)

39)  Rotate

40)  Flip

41)  Align

42)  Arrange

43)  Distribution

44)  Group (Ctrl+Shift+G)

45)  Ungroup (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+G)

46)  Enter Group (F3)

47)  Exit Group (Ctrl+F3)

48)  Select

49)  Entire Page

50)  Zoom & Pan

51)  Zoom

52)  Start from First Slide (F5)

53)  Start from Current Slide (Shift+F5)

Standard (Viewing Mode)

The Standard (Viewing Mode) toolbar provides tools to save, edit and distribute a document.


1)  Save As (Ctrl+Shift+S)

2)  Edit Mode (Ctrl+Shift+M)

3)  Read Only Mode

4)  Email

5)  PDF

6)  EPUB

7)  Print Directly

8)  Print (Ctrl+P)

9)  Copy (Ctrl+C)

10)  Find and Replace (Ctrl+H)

11)  Zoom

12)  Start from First Slide (F5)


The Table toolbar provides tools to edit and format a table placed on a slide. This toolbar only becomes active when a table is selected.


1)  Table

2)  Border Style

3)  Border Color

4)  Borders (Shift to overwrite)

5)  Area Style/Filling

6)  Merge Cells

7)  Split Cells

8)  Optimize

9)  Top

10)  Center

11)  Bottom

12)  Insert Row Above

13)  Insert Row Below

14)  Insert Column Before

15)  Insert Column After

16)  Delete Row

17)  Delete Column

18)  Select Table

19)  Select Column

20)  Select Row

21)  Table Design

22)  Table Properties


The Text toolbar provides tools to insert text boxes and callouts into a slide


1)  Text Box (F2)

2)  Fit Text in Textbox Size

3)  Callouts

4)  Vertical Text

5)  Fit Vertical Text to Frame

6)  Vertical Callouts

Text Formatting

The Text Formatting toolbar provides tools for formatting text and alignment commands. This toolbar becomes active when text in a text box or graphic object has been selected and it automatically replaces the Line and Filling toolbar.


1)  Font Name

2)  Font Size

3)  Increase (Ctrl+])

4)  Decrease (Ctrl+[)

5)  Bold (Ctrl+B)

6)  Italic (Ctrl+I)

7)  Underline

8)  Double Underline

9)  Strikethrough

10)  Overline

11)  Superscript (Ctrl+Shift+P)

12)  Subscript (Ctrl+Shift+B)

13)  Shadow

14)  Outline

15)  Clear (Ctrl+Shift+M)

16)  lowercase


18)  small capitals

19)  Font Color

20)  Highlight Color

21)  Bullets

22)  Numbering

23)  Outline

24)  Left (Ctrl+L)

25)  Center (Ctrl+E)

26)  Right (Ctrl+R)

27)  Justified (Ctrl+J)

28)  Top

29)  Center

30)  Bottom

31)  Line Spacing

32)  Character Spacing

33)  Increase

34)  Decrease

35)  Text direction from left to right

36)  Text direction from top to bottom

37)  Left-To-Right

38)  Right-To-Left

39)  Select All (Ctrl+A)

40)  Character

41)  Paragraph


The Transformations toolbar provides tools to modify the shape, orientation or fill of selected object(s).


1)  Rotate

2)  Flip

3)  In 3D Rotation Object

4)  Set in Circle (perspective)

5)  Set to circle (slant)

6)  Distort

7)  Transparency tool (Interactive transparency tool)

8)  Gradient tool (Interactive gradient tool)

TSCP Classification

The TSCP Classification toolbar provides tools to help in selecting the security of a document. LibreOffice adds custom fields in the document properties (File > Properties > Custom Properties) to store the classification policy as document metadata. TSCP stands for Transglobal Secure Collaboration Participation.


1)  Apply document classification (Level)

2)  Manage Document Classification


The Zoom toolbar provides tools to reduce or enlarge the screen display of the current document..


1)  Zoom In

2)  Zoom Out

3)  100%

4)  Zoom Previous

5)  Zoom Next

6)  Entire Page

7)  Page Width

8)  Optimal

9)  Object Zoom

10)  Zoom & Pan

11)  Shift