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Impress is the slideshow presentation component of OpenOffice.org, a free, open-source application suite available for Mac OS, Windows, Linux, and Solaris. David Rivers explains everything needed to get up and running quickly in OpenOffice.org 2 Impress Getting Started, from navigating the interface to presenting a polished slideshow. He shows how to create and arrange slides, modify master slides, and use notes and handouts. David also covers working with slide content, including how to add images, drawings, text, tables, and charts. He demonstrates how to work with native Impress files as well as files from other popular applications, such as PowerPoint. Exercise files accompany the course.
Continuing on the theme now of formatting your presentations, we are going to explore a real nice time saver in this lesson. It's called the Slide Master. If you are following along in the previous lessons, we started this presentation and we did a little bit of formatting of the backgrounds as well as some of the content. Here on Slide 1, we changed the title to be a contrasting font color. We got white with the shadows and bolding. We also formatted this object to have a white background and a dark gray border. Now, if I go to Slide 2 in this presentation, I would have to repeat some of those steps to format the content on this slide. A better option especially when you have got many, many slides in a presentation is to format the Master. Every presentation has a Master working in the background. It could be one you have selected, if you have used a wizard to create your new presentation or if you have created a new blank one, you have got the default Master and you can access those attributes by going to your Tasks pane over here on the right and clicking on the Masters arrow to expand this section. So you can see there is a Master used in this presentation. There is also some other ones available for use. Now, if you skip to this lesson, you haven't been following along, you don't have this presentation in front of you, if you have got the exercise files, go to the lesson 3 folder and open up Strategy3 and you will be all caught up. Otherwise, any presentation will do. When you click the Tasks pane and the Masters arrow, you will see these Masters down here available for use. So, if I want to change the current Master to one of these, I just click the option and you see those changes instantaneously. So, that's the fastest way to change, but if you wanted to customize what you were already creating, and you can see now that this is the one being used in this presentation, I am going to click my undo button here to undo that selection and I am just going to go back one to Apply presentation layout here. This is what I created manually and it becomes what's being used in this presentation by default, but I can make changes to this Master and here is how we do it. We actually go up to the View menu and come down to Master and click Slide Master, that's what we are working with here.
So, changes our view temporarily, we can't see our slides in the presentation, but this is the Master that makes it look the way it does. We can format all kinds of things, backgrounds, titles, content, bullets, you can see we have got a footer section down here as well. All of this can be manipulated, but we are going to keep it simple for this lesson and we are going to come up here what says Click to edit the title text. I am going to click and drag over this as if they were an actual title and I am going to change it by changing the font color up here on my Formatting toolbar to White. I am going to go to bold and add that shadow. And if I want to change things like the actual font itself, the size, I could do all of that from here as well, but that's good enough for now. Now, I am going to click down here on this first bullet. Now, I am actually going to click the bullet itself. You can see the four-sided arrow that selects all of the text. I can make a simple change here as well. I am going to change that to White. So, I am going to go down here, click the White swatch, and deselect by clicking outside the border to see the end result. If I want to format the bullets, I could, the background itself, maybe we should do that. Let's go to our background, remember that's Format and then down to Page and the Background. Let's go to a Gradient how about, keeping in mind that our font is White, we are going to go to a dark gradient here, kind of like this one here Gradient number 2. When I click OK that adds a little more interest. I really like to look at that now. So, when I am done, I come up here to this Master view toolbar that appears and click Close Master View. Now, this is going to take me back to my presentation. The only problem now is this one bit of editing I did where I have got this box, which does have some text in it, but because that text is White, I am not seeing it. Because I changed to the Master, it changes for every slide remember. So if I wanted to even though I can't see it, I know it's there, I can click and drag and let's change that to Black. So, I am going to choose Black. Now, I will deselect by clicking outside the slide and that's the end result. Check out Slide 2, all the changes applied to Slide 2 and every new slide that I add to this presentation will also use this Master and it appears here in my Tasks pane under Master Pages. When you are ready to go back to Layouts, you can click the Layouts arrow. There is our slide layouts to choose from and ready to continue inserting new slides using our new Master background color combination. So real-time saver if you want to be consistent in your presentation, which you should be, this way you are not distracting the people watching your presentation, but at the same time, it's fun and easy to look at. That is the best option to change your Master, make one change that affects your entire presentation saving you a lot of time and a lot of effort.
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