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2.3 Slides and Slide Settings

We’ll now get into the fundamentals of presentation creation in OnlyOffice: slides and their settings. In this lesson you’ll learn how to work with the Presentations slides panel, and how to manage the various styling and layout settings available for each slide.

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2.3 Slides and Slide Settings

Hey welcome back to you, up and running with OnlyOffice Presentations. In this lesson we're gonna go through the most essential part of working with presentations and that is controlling your slides. I'm gonna be demonstrating some of the slide features of OnlyOffice Presentations. Using this presentation template from inventory elements, this is included with your current subscription, so you can go ahead and download that if you would like to follow along with exactly what I'm doing as I demonstrate these features. And that is by the way, one of the really cool things about OnlyOffice Presentations, is it has support for the PowerPoint file format. So you can just open up any PowerPoint file inside Presentations and work on it. The input won't always be perfect. Sometimes you might have to make some minor tweaks and that's something we're gonna talk about later on in the course. But for now, let's just go ahead and look at how to control slides using this software. Right so here we are inside the software. And the first thing that you're gonna notice is here there's red squiggly lines inside this example template that I mentioned before. That can be distracting so if you want to turn that off, just hit this toggle here. There we go much, easier on the eyes. All right, first up, adding new slides to your presentation. The easiest way is just to hit this plus button here, or you can also right click inside this left sidebar and hit New Slide there. You'll notice in this drop down menu that you can also duplicate a slide from here. So if I want to make another copy of this slide, then I just hit duplicate so now we have two identical slides. We can also copy and paste existing slides instead of duplicating them. So if I want to, I can select this slide here, hit Ctrl+C to copy it and then paste it down somewhere later by clicking at a different point in the presentation and hitting, Ctrl+V. So now that's inserted that slide there. To delete the slide, right click and choose delete slide, or just select the slide and press the delete button. If you don't want to fully delete a slide, you also have the option to hide a slide. So if we right click and choose hide slide, you'll see that it's put this line through that slide number. So now if we start our presentation here, it'll jump straight from slide seven to slide nine. That's something really useful if you're working with a presentation template like this and you want to keep all of those slides in the document so that you can duplicate them and use them in your presentation but you don't want them actually to show when you're testing your presentation. So then you can just use that hide feature instead. If you want to rearrange the order of your slides, then all you need to do is just select a slide, and then just drag, and drop. And then if you need to do something with multiple slides at once, hold down the control button and then just click to select whichever slides you need to work with, and then you can hide them or move them around or do anything that you need to do with those slides. The next thing you need to know about is slide layouts. Now whether you're working with a totally blank presentation or a template like this, there's going to be a bunch of predefined layouts for you to choose from, so you don't have to draw out everything from scratch when you make a new slide. So this is just a default presentation. And you can see in this slide we have this pre-existing layout, with a title and a subtitle. And there are actually several more layouts that you can choose from. To see them, this is your layout button up here. If we click the little down arrow, then you can see a whole bunch of different layouts that we have to choose from. To utilize these layouts, you can either create a new slide using one of those layouts. So instead of just pressing the big button here, I hit the smaller arrow at the bottom. And now I can choose from these layouts. And now I have something different. Or alternatively, you can change the layout of a slide that you currently have. So if I right click, I can choose Change Layout, and then I can just switch it up to anything I want. So let's choose this one. And now we have a different layout ready to work with. So those are the layouts that you see by default, but they are by no means the only layouts that you have available to you. When you bring in a presentation template like this one, you have a whole different set of layouts that you can work with. So if we look here, you can see we've got a whole bunch of different options and some of them are colored differently. So all of the different templates that you can choose from give you a massive array of different options for your layouts. So we've covered pretty much everything that you need to know with using the sidebar and using these options up here. The next thing that you want to look at is, in the right side bar, this panel here is for slide-specific settings. You've got two main things to think about in this panel. One is the background of the slide itself and the other is the transition effects that are available to you going from slide to slide. Right now the slide that we're looking at just has a flat color feel. If you wanna change to a different color, just click this little color square here, and you can choose from any of the predetermined colors in the color scheme that you're currently using. We're gonna talk more about color schemes and themes a little bit later. Or if you want to just choose a completely custom color, then click that custom color link at the bottom, and then you can go with any type of color that you would like to use. If you don't want just a flat color, then you've got a bunch of different options here so you can choose a gradient. So we've got our original light blue that we started with here, and we can choose different colors for our gradients. So we could go to, let's say, a more saturated blue. That doesn't look very good but just for the purposes of demonstration. We can change the different types of gradients here, so we've got linear and radial. And if we are working with a linear gradient, then you can choose different directions for your linear gradient here. If you wish, you can also use a pattern to fill your background. Most of these patterns are fairly subtle so these are pretty usable. So you have a monochrome pattern. That pretty much acts as some foreground texture. And then if you would like you can choose a different background color to offset that pattern. And then finally you can also use a picture or a texture to fill in this background. Again we're going to be talking more about working with pictures in OnlyOffice Presentations a bit later. But we'll just quickly insert an image here so you can see how this works. Let's choose a slide that sort of designed to have an image put, in the background. We'll choose this one. Now we can see the demo of this presentation, we've got a sort of black and white image in the background, we're using a coffee theme here, so let's just browse elements for a photo that we can use. Got caffeine fix, ready made category here, and just gonna search for black and white, In this category. This one will do the trick, so I'm gonna go ahead and download that image. Now you can see in this slide here that this color is not the same as the one that you see here. That can trip you up sometimes. What that means is there's a square in this slide that's over the top of the background color. So I'm just going to select it like this, by clicking right on the edge of the slide, and then I'm gonna delete that. So that I can set the background of this slide up here. And I'm gonna choose picture or texture. And I'm gonna grab that image that we just used, and now that's inserted nicely into my slide. And then finally, the last thing that you wanna know about in this right sidebar is the transition effects. Let's go all the way back to the start. And we'll apply a couple of transition effects so you can see how they work. So I'm gonna select the first slide. Now if I apply a transition to this slide, it controls how this slide appears. It doesn't control the transition from this slide to the next slide. So I'm actually gonna set this to fade. So the first slide in this presentation fades in. Now, I have options for how I can slide this in. Through black seems like a good idea because it's the very first slide, so it's gonna be kind of like a fade from black effect. Then I can control the duration, how long it takes for that transition to complete, and then I can get a little preview. If I want I can set a delay so that when I hit the button to transition to the next slide, it takes a little while before that transition commences and if I know that I just want to have the exact same transition on every single slide, then I can hit this button and apply it to all slides. We don't want to do that for now because we'll just have a look at a different kind of transition on this next slide. You've got quite a few to choose from. Lets just go with wipe, so that we can see a couple of the different transitions in action. All right, now let's play our presentation. So I've got our fade in from black for the first slide. Then I'm gonna go to the next slide by pressing the right arrow key. And there's our wipe effect. So that is how you use transitions with OnlyOffice Presentations. Okay, so that covers everything that you need to know about working with slides and slide settings. And that also completes the getting started phase of this course. Now that you've got all those fundamentals squared away, we're ready to look at how you can add content into your slides. In the next section on adding content, we're gonna be covering text, text art, images, and shapes. The first of those that we're gonna talk about is how to work with text. So we're gonna hook into that in the next lesson. I'll see you there.

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