Learn LibreOffice Impress

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Introduction

Basic information

ICT Competency LibreOffice Impress is a free and open source 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: 5.1.4.2
Configuration No specific configuration requirements
Other similar applications Sozi, Apache OpenOffice Impress, Google Drive Slides are all presentation software applications
The application on mobiles and tablets In an Android based mobile or tablet you can install LibreOffice viewer through the Google Playstore
Development and community help 1. Official Website

2. LibreOffice Impress help document

Overview of Features

LibreOffice Impress lets you create professional slide shows that can include charts, drawing objects, text, multimedia and a variety of other items. We can import and modify Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. On-screen slide shows, animation, slide transitions are a few of the techniques you 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.

Installation

  1. The application is part of the Ubuntu custom distribution.
  2. In case you do not find it on your computer, you can install by typing LibreOffice on top search bar in Software Centre.
  3. If you would like to install through the terminal follow these steps below:
    1. Open terminal by clicking Applications->System Tools->Terminal or through Keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T
    2. In the terminal window, type below command and press enter to start the installation by providing your machine password:
    3. sudo apt-get install LibreOffice

To install on Microsoft Windows system, download the LibreOffice_6.4.2_Win_x64 file from https://www.libreoffice.org/download/download/ and install on your computer.

Working with the application

Opening a presentation slide

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LibreOffice Impress can be opened from Applications → Office → LibreOffice Impress. 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.

After completing the first slide, if you want take new slide, see the left side panel of the window and right click on slide, then choose new slide. Alternatively, you can also select any slide from from slide list and then press ENTER.

Organising text through bullets and number lists

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To add the bullets and numbers to text information, choose Format - Bullets and Numbering. You can also select the different symbols of bullets and numbers here.
An important feature of Impress is to enable you present your information through simple and short points ('bullet points').

Inserting images

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To add images - Go to the insert menu in menu bar and click on images and select the image which you want to add. Alternatively you can click on the image icon in text field. You can move the cursor around that, and it will show the option to 'Insert Image'. Here you can see the options to 'Insert Table' , 'Insert Audio and Video' and 'Insert Graph'. Thus you can insert files in other formats also in your slide and make it a comprehensive resource on a topic. You can also add additional 'text boxes' in the slide to format your text into different boxes on the slide.

Insert Weblink

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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.

Custom animation for presentation

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Custom animation - Opens the Custom Animation from task panel on right side of the working window. Alternatively choose Slide from Menu Bar and then click on 'Custom Animation'. There will be varieties of styles to add, you can choose. Custom animation enables you to present your text in different styles. You can have the text come in different speeds, in different ways, this makes it interesting for the viewer by providing visual relief. Try different animation methods and have fun!

Modifying the 'Master Page' template

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Master Page - Impress comes with a collection of master pages. Click on the master pages section from task panel on right side of the working window, and click on master page you want to select for your presentation.

Saving the files and formats

  1. 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 contents.
  2. The files will be saved as ".odp".
  3. The files can be exported to a PDF format (FILE - EXPORT as PDF). This is useful when you only need to print the file and do not want any changes to it. You can also save your file in the Microsoft ppt format (FILE - SAVE AS).

Advanced features

You can use custom animation in advanced ways to present text, audio, video and images in rich ways. You have different options to print your slides - only slides or as a handout.

Ideas for resource creation

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

References

  1. The Document Foundation
  2. LibreOffice Impress Official Website