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  • LibreOffice Impress Tutorial #1 – Basic Functionality

    Impress is the presentation editor for LibreOffice and with it you can create amazing presentations and slide-shows in its native formats odp and ppt but what is more important you can also save your presentations in the PDF format for easy sharing. This free presentation generator and editor tool is really powerful and fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint and also provides you with new features that we will discover throughout this tutorial series. In today's edition you'll learn about LibreOffice Impress most basic functionality.

    First you need to have LibreOffice installed in your computer, if you don't, go to the “Download” button on top of this page and get your 100% free copy. Once you have downloaded the .exe installed launch it. InstallQITM will take care of the rest, just follow the steps.

    Once LibreOffice is ready to go launch it and select “Presentation” from the main window options:

    When Impress opens a new empty presentation will be already opened. In the next screen capture you´ll identify its main areas by different color frames:
    Red is for the menus and tools bars,here you'll find all the tools and commands you need to create your presentations and slide-shows. Yellow is for the Slide panel, here you'll see and be able to browse the different slides you create in thumbnails. Blue is for the main work area, this is the individual slide or sheet you are currenty working in. And Green is for the task area, here you'll define the different tasks like animations, layouts, tables and much more.

    Let's begin by choosing a premade layout for the first slide of your presentation, go to the tasks panel and select “Layouts”, I chose the default one because it is very appropriate for a first slide as it has a title are on it.

    So to enter some text just do what the box says: “Click to add title” once you type the first letter the fram changes to edition mode like this:

    When you are done typing and editing click somewhere else and the edition frame will dissapear and your text will be saved to that location:

    The same works for the text box below the title:

    When you are done with the first slide you can create a second one by going to Insert → Slide or by clicking elsewhere and pressing the Enter key in your keyboard.

    The newly created slide will appear in the Slides panel and it will have the same layout as the first, if you want to change that just repeat the layout steps you did for the first slide. For this example I chose an empty slide (blank slide).

    In upcoming tutorials I´m going to tell you much more about this great free presentation app.

    Final Words

    Impress is a magnificent and versatile tool for the creation of astonishing slide-shows and presentations, making your work easy and simple yet professional and really appealing. Download LibreOffice by clicking on the link below and start creating awesome presentation for your job or study.

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