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Design Templates and Images

This section describes how to use Design Templates to change the appearance of your slides. It also describes how to insert and manipulate images on your slide.

Design Templates
  • Click on the small arrow to the left of "Master Pages" in the "Task" pane. This action will expand that menu and you will be able to see another menu named "Available for Use." This menu contains the design templates supplied by Impress. Click on the desired template, and it will be applied to all the slides in your presentation.

  • Note-If the "Task" pane is not open, it can be viewed by going to View and clicking on Task Pane.

  • Design Tip-Create Your Own Background - You can create your own background. First-click on the blank presentation in the "Available for Use" menu. This will apply a blank, white background to all slides.

  • Go to Format->Page. Choose the Background tab from the Page window. Under Fill, click on the drop down menu to reveal your choices. The background choices include Color, Gradient, Hatching and Bitmap. Review the different options to find one that you like. The Bitmap option provides graphic images. Once one background is selected, click on OK and the image will be applied to all slides.

To insert a picture into your presentation :

  • If you have already saved the picture, and you would like to insert, go to Insert->Picture->From File and navigate to your picture file. Select your file, and click "Insert". Your picture will appear on the current slide.

  • Images can also be pasted into your Impress presentation. If you have an image within another source, copy the image in the original source. Go to Edit->Paste and paste the art work into your presentation.

To change the shape of a picture :

  • Move your cursor over the picture and click once to select it. You will see a number of small green squares appear along the edge of the picture. These squares are called "sizing handles."

  • Click on one of the sizing handles that appears on a side of the picture; hold the mouse button down; drag the handle to change the shape of the picture. Your pointer will be a double-sided arrow when you are directly over a sizing handle. Be aware that you are distorting the picture by stretching or squishing it. Release the mouse button when you have achieved the desired shape.

To change the size of a picture :

  • Move your cursor over the picture and click once. You will see the sizing handles described above.

  • Click your cursor on one of the sizing handles that appears on the corner of the picture; hold the mouse button down; drag the picture to make it smaller or larger. Using these corner handles maintains the original proportions of the image (it does not stretch or squish). Release the mouse button when you have achieved the desired size.


To move a picture :

  • Option #1 : Using the mouse:

    • Move your cursor over the picture until the cursor looks like a cross.
    • Click the mouse button, hold the button down, and drag the picture to change its location.
    • Release the mouse button when you are satisfied with the location of the image.


  • Option #2 : Using the direction arrow keys:

    • Move your cursor over the picture.
    • Click the mouse button once.
    • Use the direction keys to move the picture vertically, horizontally, right, and left. This option works well when you need to adjust the position very precisely, or just a tiny bit.



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