Add Animations to OpenOffice Impress Slides

Animations are the movements added to the objects on the slides in OpenOffice Impress. The slides themselves are animated by using transitions. This step-by-step tutorial will take you through the steps to add animations and customize them to your presentation.

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Difference Between an Animation and a Transition

Opening the Custom Animation task pane in Open Office Impress

Animations are the movements applied to the objects, and the motion on the slide itself is applied by using a transition. Both animations and transitions can be applied to any slide in your presentation.

To add an animation to your slide, choose Slide Show > Custom Animation from the menu, to open the Custom Animation task pane.

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Animate Text or Graphic Objects

Selecting an object to apply the first animation on the Open Office Impress slide

Every object on an Open Office Impress slide is a graphic object — even text boxes.

Select the title, a picture or clip art, or a bulleted list to apply the first animation.

  • Select graphics by clicking on the object.
  • Select a title or bulleted list by clicking on the border of the text box.
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Add the First Animation Effect

Selecting and previewing an animation effect on your Open Office Impress slide

With the first object selected, the Add button becomes active in the Custom Animation task pane.

  • Select a style of effect, such as Entrance, Emphasis, Exit or Motion Paths from the tabs at the top of the dialog box. Choosing one of these styles will reveal a different selection of animation effects.
  • Make sure the Automatic preview box is checked to preview the animation on the slide.
  • Click on different animations and you will see a preview of the effect on your slide.
  • Make your selection.
  • Choose an animation speed from the drop-down list.
  • Click OK.
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Modify Animation Effects on OpenOffice Impress Slides

Making changes to the custom animation effect in Open Office Impress

To modify the custom animation effect, select the drop-down arrow beside each of the three categories - Start, Direction, and Speed.

  1. Start
    1. On click - start the animation on the mouse click.
    2. With previous - start the animation at the same time as the previous animation (could be another animation on this slide or the slide transition of this slide).
    3. After previous - start the animation when the previous animation or transition has finished.
  2. Direction
    1. This option will vary depending on which Effect you have chosen. Directions can be from top, from right side, from bottom and so on.
  3. Speed
    1. Speeds vary from Slow to Very Fast.

Note each effect that you have applied to items on the slide.

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Move Animation Effects up or Down in the List to Change Order

Changing the order of animations on Open Office Impress slides

After applying more than one custom animation to a slide, you may wish to re-order them. For example, you will likely want the title to show first and other objects to appear as you refer to them.

  1. Click on the animation to move.
  2. Use the Re-Order arrows at the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane to move the animation up or down in the list.
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Animation Effect Options

Effects options available for custom animations in Open Office Impress

Apply additional animation effects to objects on your OpenOffice Impress slide such as sound effects or dim the previous bullet points as each new bullet appears.

  1. Select the effect in the list.
  2. Click Effect options button — located beside the Direction options.
  3. The Effect Options dialog box opens.
  4. On the Effects tab of the Effect Options dialog box, make your selections for this animation effect.
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Add Timings to Custom Animations

Adding timings to your animation effects in Open Office Impress

You can automate your presentation using animation effect timings.

Timings are settings that allow you to automate your OpenOffice Impress presentation. You can set the number of seconds for a specific item to show on screen and/or delay the start of the animation.

On the Timing tab of the Effect Options dialog box, you can also modify settings previously set.

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Text Animations

Text animation options in Open Office Impress

Text Animations allow you to introduce text on your screen by paragraph level, automatically after a set number of seconds, or in reverse order.

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Slide Show Preview

Previewing Open Office Impress slide shows
  1. Check to make sure the Automatic preview box is checked.
  2. When you click the Play button at the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane, this single slide will play in the current window, showing any animations applied to the slide.
  3. To see the current slide in full screen, choose any one of the following methods
    1. Click the Slide Show button at the bottom of the Custom Animation task pane. The slide show will play in full screen, starting from this current slide.
    2. Choose Slide Show > Slide Show from the menu or press the F5 key on your keyboard.
  4. To view the complete slide show in full screen, return to the first slide in your presentation and choose one of the methods in Item 3 above.

To exit a slide show at any time, press the Esc key on your keyboard.

After viewing the slide show, you can make any necessary adjustments and preview once again.

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