Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new drawing, part of OpenOffice.org 2 Draw Getting Started.
If you were following along with me in the previous lesson, we launched OpenOffice Draw and we were automatically presented with a new blank drawing. Well that's one way to create a new project here in Draw, but in this lesson we are going to look at some other ways to create new drawings. So with Draw already launched and a new blank drawing in front of me, I am going to go down to my Drawing toolbar and I am going to click the rectangle tool down here, and now I am going to move onto my page, up here near the top, click across and down. There is the outline of my rectangle and when I let go I have drawn my first object. It's selected; I know that by the little handles around the outside. I am going to click anywhere on the blank page to deselect the object and there I have started my first drawing. If I look at the title bar it's called untitled1. I haven't saved this yet, haven't give it a name. That's coming up in the next lesson. So now what happens if I am ready to start another new drawing? So I don't have to close up Draw and then start it up again. Instead, I can go up to the File menu, this is one way, down to New and choose New Drawing. There it is right there on the submenu. Notice that Ctrl+N here on the PC is a shortcut to create a new drawing, Cmd+N on your Mac keyboard. So I am going to give it a click and it creates a brand new blank drawing, just like my first one. Speaking of the first one, where did it go? It's actually still open and if I go up to my window menu, I will see down at the bottom of this menu, two untitled files, Untitled1 and Untitled2. You will also notice this black dot will show up next to one of the open files, in this case Untitled 2. That means that's the one I am looking at to switch back to Untitled1. I simply click it here on the window menu and it comes to the front.
Now I can go up to window, down to Untitled2 to switch back to that one. All right let's close it by going to the File menu and choosing close. Because we haven't made any changes to that second untitled file, we are not prompted to save anything, it simply closes up and we will return back to Untitled1. Now another way to create a new drawing we saw is the keyboard Ctrl+N, but if you like using the Standard toolbar the very first button is your New button. Now there is a dropdown when I click that. I can create all different kinds of documents or files, but really all I am interested in is creating a new drawing, so I could select it from here but without clicking the dropdown just clicking the New button itself will automatically create a new drawing. So let's try that. I am going to click my page to close up the menu and I am going to click once just quickly on this button to create a brand new blank file.
There it is Untitled2 again up the top on my title bar and I am ready to start drawing. Well I am going to go back up to file and down to close. There is one other thing you might be wondering about when I go up to the File menu you will notice wizards down below. And wizards are very useful in creating certain types of documents, but on that submenu that shows up to the right there are no options for creating new drawings. There is letters, faxes and agendas, all of those will use Writer, a new presentation using Impress, Web pages again using Writer. There is a document converter, Euro converter, address data source, in this case using OpenOffice Base. Install new dictionaries and fonts from the web. No options here under wizards for creating a new drawing. So you are kind of on your own. I am going to deselect this menu by clicking in my drawing. All right so let's close this one up. I am going to go up to File and I am going to choose Close. Now I have made changes to this file. I have added that rectangle. So in this case the document Untitled1 has been modified, do I want to save those changes? I am not ready to save this. That's the first button, second option is to discard those changes and actually close this file or if I accidentally hit something and I want to just forget the whole thing click cancel and I will be returned to my new document. I am going to choose discard though, which will discard my changes and close the file. Now I am back to OpenOffice.org. I am not in OpenOffice Draw at this point. Check out the title bar and now my New button does not work like the New Draw icon that I am used to seeing. So clicking the dropdown means I need to go to drawing to create a new drawing back here in OpenOffice Draw. So that's creating a new drawing. In the next lesson we are going to talk about opening up existing files as well as some of the saving techniques for saving your changes.
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