Presentation wizard for LibreOffice

The Presentation wizard has been a standard feature in LibreOffice for many versions. It allows you to add templates, set up slide transitions, and give general information about the presentation.

Starting with version 5.3, The Document Foundation has abandoned the wizard. They instead improved the Template Manager, and that is used to set up new presentations.

However, many Linux distributions come with older versions of LibreOffice with the installations, so this page covers the old wizard.

The Presentation Wizard can be accessed from the Wizard sub-menu in the File menu in StartCenter and any one of the six applications, so it can be launched from Writer, Calc, Draw, Base, and Math, as well as Impress.

The other way to launch the wizard is to set it so it appears when you create a new presentation. This way the wizard appears, and you do not see the document until you go through the steps.

Setting up to launch before a new document

This section is the same as what was covered in the Template overview page. Selecting Presentation wizard at document creation

  1. Click the Tools menu, if you are using Windows or a Linux distro. For Mac users, click the LibreOffice menu.
  2. Windows and Linux distro users, click the Options item. For Mac it will be Preferences. This launches the Options window, which has settings for Impress and the suite as a whole.
  3. Click the arrow to the left LibreOffice Impress in the left column.
  4. Click on the General item.
  5. Under the New Document section, put a check in the Start with Wizard box.
  6. Click the OK button.

The next time you create a presentation the wizard will appear first. Now let’s look at the wizard and its steps.

Going through the wizard’s steps

After clicking the new presentation button, the wizard launches with step 1.

Step 1:

There are three choices. There is a Preview check box. A check in it allows you to see the choices when you make them.

  • Empty presentation: This will leave the presentation with a white, empty background. However, in step 2, you can change the slides’ background color.
  • From template: Putting a dot in this radio button reveals a drop-down menu and a list box. The drop-down menu has two choices: Presentations and Presentation Backgrounds. The option box changes based on the drop-down menu.
  • Presentations

Presentation wizard Step 1 LibreOffice

  • Alizarin
  • Focus
  • Impress
  • Midnightblue
  • Presentation Backgrounds
  • Abstract Green
  • Abstract Red
  • Abstract Yellow
  • Bright Blue
  • DNA
  • Inspiration
  • Lush Green
  • Metropolis
  • Sunset
  • Vintage
  • Open existing presentation: A mark in this radio button reveals an Open button. Clicking this button launches an Open window that allows you to choose a desired template.

After adjusting the settings in step 1, click the Next button to move on to step 2.

Step 2:

In this step, you can choose a slide background design and the type of output the slide will be designed for. Click the Preview check box to put a check in it to see the changes as you make them.

Select a Slide Design

Like in step 1, there is a drop-down menu and a list box. The choice in the drop-down menu affects the choices in the list box.

  • Presentations
  • <Original>: This keeps the settings from step 1. Choosing another item in the list will negate the settings in step 1.
  • Alizarin
  • Focus
  • Impress
  • Midnightblue
  • Presentation Backgrounds

Presentation Wizard Step 2 LibreOffice

  • <Original>: This keeps the settings from step 1. Choosing another item in the list will negate the settings in step 1.
  • Abstract Green
  • Abstract Red
  • Abstract Yellow
  • Bright Blue
  • DNA
  • Inspiration
  • Lush Green
  • Metropolis
  • Sunset
  • Vintage

Select an Output Medium

There are several choices. Simply click the desired radio button:

  • Original
  • Overhead sheet
  • Paper
  • Screen
  • Slide
  • Widescreen

After adjusting the settings in step 2, click the Next button to move on to step 3.

Step 3:
This step allows you to set slide transitions. In the first section, Select a Slide Transition, there are three drop-down menus: Effect, Variant, and Speed.

The option you select in Effect will change the Variant drop-down menu. Below are the items in the Effect menu. The Variant choices are sub-points under its Effect:

  • No Effect
  • Wipe

Presentation Wizard Step 3

  • Bottom to Top
  • Right to Left
  • Left to Right
  • Top to Bottom
  • Wheel
  • Clockwise 1 Spoke
  • Clockwise 2 Spokes
  • Clockwise 3 Spokes
  • Clockwise 4 Spokes
  • Clockwise 5 Spokes
  • Clockwise 6 Spokes
  • Clockwise 7 Spokes
  • Clockwise 8 Spokes
  • Uncover
  • Bottom to Top
  • Right to Left
  • Left to Right
  • Top to Bottom
  • Random Bars

  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Checkers
  • Down
  • Across
  • Shape
  • Plus
  • Diamond
  • Circle
  • Box
  • Out
  • In
  • Wedge
  • Venetian
  • Vertical
  • Horizontal
  • Fade
  • Through Black
  • Smoothly

  • Cut
  • Through Black
  • Cover
  • Bottom to Top
  • Right to Left
  • Left to Right
  • Top to Bottom
  • Dissolve
  • Random
  • Comb
  • Horizontal
  • Vertical
  • Push
  • Bottom to Top
  • Right to Left
  • Left to Right
  • Top to Bottom
  • Split

  • Horizontal In
  • Horizontal Out
  • Vertical In
  • Vertical Out
  • Diagonal
  • Top Right to Bottom Left
  • Bottom Right to Top Left
  • Top Left to Bottom Right
  • Bottom Left to Top Right

Speed, the third drop-down menu has three choices regardless of what is selected in the Effect and Variant drop-down menus:

  • Slow
  • Medium
  • Fast

In the Select the Presentation Type there are two choices: Default and Automatic. When the Automatic radio button is selected, the presentation will run the automatically.

It will allow you to adjust the Duration of page and Duration of pause. Duration of page is how long each slide appears before the transition to the next slide. Duration of pause is the time between the end of the presentation and when it restarts.Presentation Wizard Step 4

For both text boxes, you can type in the time or click the up and down arrow buttons. Each click adjusts the time by one second per click.

After you are done, click the Create button. If you have chosen From template in step 1, the Next button will be active. This will take you to step 4, which is a form that add text to your presentation.

Step 4:
This step has three fields:

  • What is your name or the name of your company?
  • What is the subject of your presentation?
  • Further ideas to be presented?

Presentation Wizard Step 5
Fill out these fields and click the Next button. Step 5 simply allows you to view how the the first two slides of the presentation will look.

Step 5:
There are two check boxes Create summary and Preview. Creates summary is a summary of all the presentation’s contents. Preview shows you how the information you entered in step 4 will be displayed.

Lastly, click the Create button. The new presentation will appear with the chosen template and the information that you typed in step four, if you chose From Template in Step 1.