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impress speaker notes

asked 2016-08-10 21:19:17 +0200

hoodie_de gravatar image

I just ran into this question about formatting of speaker notes in Impress. I completely agree that it is frustrating that the editor allow to format the text but the presentation mode does not present the notes formatted. Why was this question closed without even an answer?

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answered 2017-02-05 00:58:25 +0200

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I've found a helpful workaround for this until a solution becomes implemented in an upcoming release.

Scenario: I format my notes so they are intuitive and easy for me to see things I've highlighted or would like to pay special attention to... but my choice to use LibreOffice for my presentation over a commercial-smoke-and-mirrors has stripped away option of retaining the formatting of my notes. (At least currently)

Solution: I CAN get LibreOffice to respect paragraph separations IF I leave an empty space between them (think of an old school Carriage Return). Example: If I simply press 'Enter', 'Space', and 'Enter', I should see a space between my paragraphs. (So my 'inbetween' paragraph contains a single space.)

In this manner, I can at least separate my thoughts a little better. In place of highlighting, LibreOffice DOES respect capital letters, so I've found that using:

  1. "ALL CAPS TO MAKE QUOTES OR KEYWORDS STAND OUT A LITTLE BETTER"
  2. "** Prefacing with asterisks"
  3. "!! Enclosing in Exclamation Points !! also helps."
  4. "-( There are a number of ways )- that you can ~~Implement~~ to help break up your notes and make them more readable at a glance."
  5. It also helps me to spread my notes over multiple-duplicates of a slide. Audience only sees the slide (no transition) but I see a fresh section of notes on my 'presenter view' screen.

Again, this doesn't FIX the problem, but it is a work-a-round that helps get me by. I have Powerpoint & Keynote... but I'd rather use Linux/LibreOffice because I like the opensource way, the heart/passion/drive that went into giving us this level of software, and the challenge.

So, until this gets fixed in a future release, have fun using some of these old school advertisement tricks people used to use in the 'Want Ads' of something we called a 'newspaper.'

Hope this helps.

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