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Basic information

ICT Competency LibreOffice Impress is a free and open source software (FOSS) application for creating generic resources, in the form of slide presentations.
Educational application and relevance LibreOffice Impress can be used to create slides that contain many different elements including text, lists, tables, charts, audio and video links etc. Slides are often used in training programs and in teaching to quickly and simply communicate ideas through points.
Version Version: 7.3
Configuration No specific configuration requirements
Other similar applications OnlyOffice, Collabora Office, Free Office
The application on mobiles and tablets Only Office for Android,

Collabora Office for Android and for iOS

You can use DeckDeckGo for creating and sharing presentations online. It is a FOSS alternative for Google Slides. Although there are similar full office-suite along with Google Drive storage service like NextCloud, this is simpler when you want to use a clean presentation tool. It works on mobile too.

Development and community help 1. Official Website

2. LibreOffice Impress help document

Overview of Features

LibreOffice Impress lets you create professional slide presentations that can include charts, drawing objects, text, multimedia and a variety of other items. On-screen slide shows, animation and slide transitions are a few of the techniques one can use to make presentation more appealing. Impress also includes a spelling checker, text styles and background styles, to communicate information in simple and powerful ways. Microsoft PowerPoint presentations can also be imported and modified.


Please click on the below link to learn about LibreOffice Installation & Configuration

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Working with the application

Opening a presentation slide

  1. In Ubuntu LibreOffice Impress can be opened from "Applications --> Office --> LibreOffice Impress" and In windows double click on the LibreOffice desktop shortcut.
  2. When you open the LibreOffice Impress application, it will show the window like this. You can click the cursor on "Click to add title" and type the title of the information you want to enter. And then you can click the cursor on "Click to add text" and type the information you want to present.

Inserting new slide (Add new slide, Duplicate slide, select slide layout)

  • When you create a new presentation, Impress shows only one slide in the Slides pane and Workspace. You can add new slides or duplicate slides to your presentation as follows.
  • A new slide is inserted into a presentation using one of the following methods:
    • Go to "Slide --> New Slide" on the Menu bar.
    • Right-click in the Slides pane and select New Slide from the context menu.
    • Use the keyboard shortcut "Ctrl+M".

Duplicate a slide

To duplicate a slide, select the slide you want to duplicate in the Slides pane and use one of the following methods. A duplicate slide is inserted after the selected slide in the presentation.

  • Right-click on a slide in the Slides pane and select "Duplicate Slide" from the context menu.
  • Go to "Slide Sorter" view in the Workspace, right-click on a slide and select "Duplicate Slide" from the context menu.
  • Go to "Slide --> Duplicate Slide" on the Menu bar.

Changing slide layout

Layout is structure of placing the various content in the presentation. Layouts contain one or more content boxes. Each of these boxes can be configured to contain one of the following elements: slide title, text, table, chart, image or audio/video,etc

After selecting a slide in your presentation, change the slide layout using one of the following methods:

  • Click on the required layout in "Layouts" section of the Properties deck in the Sidebar
  • Go to "Slide --> Layout" on the Menu bar and select the required layout from the drop down list.
  • Right click on a slide in the Slides pane, select Layout from the context menu and select the required layout from the drop down list.
  • Click on the "Slide Layout" icon on the Presentation toolbar and select a layout from the options available.

Watch this video to learn inserting slides and formatting slides

Slide content type

Basically the slide content can be of four type as shown in the image.

  1. Insert table : Table is a collection of rows and columns which each indicates a particular set of data.
  2. Insert chart : Chart is visual form of data which makes the content more understandable.
  3. Insert Image : An image can be added to the slide by which presentation can be done attractive.
  4. Insert video : Any related video to the presentation can be added that can graphically convey something to the viewer

Adding text

There are two ways of adding text to a slide – contents box or text box.

  • Contents box – click on "Click to add text" in the contents box and type your text. Outline styles are automatically applied to the text as you insert it. You can change the outline level of each paragraph as well as its position within the contents box by using the arrow buttons on the Outline toolbar and Workspace Outline view.
  • Text box – click on "Text" on the Standard toolbar or Drawing toolbar to select text mode, then click on your slide. A text box is created and the Text Formatting toolbar automatically opens. Type your text and click outside the text box to end text mode.

Text Formatting

You can format added text in the way you want it to be. To do that, go to "Sidebar settings" and click on "properties" as shown in the image (Image :Text formatting properties)

  • To copy text from one place to another, or from one document to another, you can select the text, go to "Edit --> Copy" (Ctrl+C) and go to a different place in the document to paste it "Edit --> Paste" (Ctrl+V). The editing menu also has an important feature for searching selected words. You can use the "Edit--> Find" (Ctrl+F) the option for searching selected words.
  • The format option is for changing the format of the text, changing the text font, text size, page format, and text wrapping options. many of these options can use short-cut icons from the formatting text toolbar, the letter "B" (Ctrl+B) and "I" (Ctrl+I) can be used to make the text bold and italics.
  • You can type in text in different languages, not only in English. You can type a paragraph of text with words/sentences in different languages. The IBUS application allows you to type in most Indian languages. To type in Hindi or Kannada or Telugu or Tamil, visit the this page.

Using bullet and numbering features

Bullets and numbering makes the presentation more clearer and helps the presenter to explain the things in a well structured manner.

  • An important feature of Impress is to enable you present your information through simple and short points ('bullet points').
  • To add the bullets and numbers to text information, choose "Format --> Bullets and Numbering". You can also select the different symbols of bullets here.
  • For the selected text input that has been entered, go to "Format --> select Bullets and Numbering" and choose the numbering type that is needed. You can create sub-numbered lists.

Inserting images

  • By adding images, videos or any other media will make your presentation more informative and attractive. To add images, go to the "Insert" from the menu bar and click on the "Image" option and select the image which you want to insert from your local drive, select and click on "Open".
  • Alternatively after inserting a new slide, on the inserted new slide you can move the cursor around that, and it will show the option "Insert Image". Along with image, you can insert table, video or graph.

Note Note: When resizing a graphic, right-click the picture. Select "Position and Size" from the context menu and make sure that "Keep ratio" is selected. Then adjust the height or width to the size you need. As you adjust one dimension, both dimensions will change to keep the width and height ratio the same, ensuring that the picture will not become distorted. Remember also that resizing a bitmap image will reduce its quality. It is better to create an image of the desired size outside of Impress.

  • In the same way you can "Insert video" into the presentation. Go to "Insert --> Audio or Video". Note that when you insert the video it does not play in the edit mode. If you want to know whether the inserted video is working Press "F5" to move to the presentation mode.

Insert Hyperlinks

  • To insert Web link place the text cursor in the document at the point where you want to insert the hyperlink or select the text that you want to put the hyperlink on.
  • Select "Hyperlink" command from the Insert menu. When you present your slides (using 'Slide Show' from the Menu), you will be able to click this web link and open the web page with that address (you will need internet connectivity for this). You can also use this to link a file on your own computer, which can be opened in the same manner.

Insert Shapes

  • Go to "Insert--> Shape". Choose the type of shape you need to draw on your presentation. Drag the shape on the surface of a slide.
  • To change the properties of the shape you can go to "Area" tab in the "Properties" option.

Insert Table and table formatting

  • Go to "Insert --> Table" on the Menu bar, select the number of rows and columns required from the Insert Table dialog that opens. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure how many you will need at first, you can always edit the table later, but if you do know your needs, this is a good time to fill it in since it is more work to fix it later.
  • Alternatively, click on "Table" icon on toolbar and select the number of rows and columns by dragging the cursor.
  • This will insert a default table into your slide with the number of rows and columns you specified. But if you look to the Sidebar on the right you will see that the "Properties" window has opened the "Table Design" section for you. You can do a lot from this toolbar, so let’s take a look at it. Under table design you can change into any predefined table designs.

Note Note: Remember that you can always read the name of the button by moving over it and reading the pop-up.

Changing the template using 'Master slide'

  • Impress comes with a collection of master slides which you can use for to change the slide background. Click on the "Master slide" section from task panel on right side of the working window, and click on the slide design which you want to apply for your slide.

Basically there are two ways which can be applied for Master slides.

  • One, applying selected background for the After you select background for your slide and to apply the same background to all the slides in your file, right click on the "Master slide" from side panel and select "Apply to all slides".
  • Second, applying the selected background for all the slides. After you select background for your slide if you want to apply the same background to all the slides in the presentation, right click on that master slide and click "Apply to selected slide".

Adding Header, Footer to slide

  • To add the header or footer go to "Insert" menu from the top menu bar and click on "Header Footer --> Add the header or footer" like fixed date , variable date , slide number etc. Check "Date and Time" and choose a time setting. Choose between "Update automatically" and "Fixed" as a display type. If you choose "Fixed" type the date in the blank.

Custom animation for presentation

Animation to text makes the viewer more curious about the topic presenter presenting. As the text comes and goes in an interesting way it also avoids all the text appearing once in a particular slide. On one way it contributes more to the visual appeal of the presentation, on the other side enhances the presenter and viewer's involvement in the presentation. You can have the text come in different speeds, in different ways, this makes it interesting for the viewer by providing visual relief.

  1. At first, select some portion of text in a particular slide.
  2. In the "Properties" window, click "Custom animation" that resides on right side of the working window. Alternatively choose "Slide" from Menu Bar and then click on "Custom Animation".
  3. In the "Custom Animation" window, click "+" to add an effect. Select any effect of your choice to make it apply for the selected text.
  4. If you want to change the animation of a selected text click on the text in the custom animation window where you have already applied an effect, choose a different kind of effect to make it apply to the selected text.

Slide Transitions

Slide transition gives a professional look for any presentation. When you move from one slide to another, the way of movement can be given a particular style which is referred as Slide transition. Since Impress is a 'presentation' tool Slide Transition takes much weightage. There are a number of transitions available in Impress which you can select according to your choice.

To add the slide transition wherein the transitions can be applied to the selected slide or the same transition can be applied to all the slides.

  1. In Normal view, select the slide that you want to add the transition effect to.
  2. On the Tasks pane, click "Slide Transition".
  3. Select a "slide transition" from the list.

To preview the transition effect for a slide, click the small icon underneath the slide on the Slides Pane.

To remove a transition effect

  1. In "Slide Sorter View", select the slides that you want to remove the transition effect from.
  2. Choose "No Transition" in the listbox on the Tasks pane.

Inserting other objects

  • You can add objects for presentation such as Formula, QR Code and other OLE object. You can also add some fields such as Date, Time, Slide number, title etc.

Running Sideshow

  • To run the slideshow go to the slideshow from the top menu bar, click on the "Slide Show" and click on "Start from First Slide" or use the keyboard shortcut key "F5" to start the presentation from the first slide of your presentation.
  • The same way you start your slides presentation from the current slide which you are seeing on your screen by pressing "Shift+F5" keyboard shortcut keys or click on the "Slide Show" and click on "Start from Current Slide".
  • For an automatic change to the next slide, you must assign a slide transition to each slide.
  1. Open the "Slide Transition" sidebar deck.
  2. In the "Advanced slide area", click "Automatically" after, and select a time duration.
  3. Click "Apply to All Slides".

Saving the files and formats

  • Like in most applications, a file can be saved using the "File --> Save" command, or by the shortcut key "Ctrl+S". Always give a meaningful file name, reading which you should get an idea of the file content.
  • The files will be saved as ".odp". If you want to save your file in .pptx format, you can click on File format and choose the option showing .pptx in bracket.
  • The files can be exported to a PDF format which is useful when you only need to print the file and do not want any changes to it. By using this format you can also share the presentation with anybody through mail or phone since almost every device supports PDF format.
  • You can export your presentation by clicking "File --> Export as --> Export as PDF". A window appears which lets you to change the default settings. Once you are done click "Export". Another window opens where it asks for the path to save the PDF file.

Advanced features

  • You can use custom animation in advanced ways to present text, audio, video and images in rich ways.
  • You can add objects to a slide, for example QR code, formula such as unary/binary operators, relations, set operations, functions, brackets, attributes.

Video tutorials

Click here to see the video tutorials to learn LibreOffice Impress

Ideas for resource creation

  • You can organize and structure teaching ideas through slide presentations. You can animate your slides and combine text, image, audio and video elements for richer communication.


  1. The Document Foundation
  2. LibreOffice Impress Official Website