Default Font for OpenOffice Impress 2.2 Textboxes

Posted on 2007-08-09
Last Modified: 2013-12-26
I have to add textboxes with the same font to about 550 presentations. Can I set a default font for text boxes in OpenOffice Impress 2.2? If so, how?
Question by:rkulp
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    You create an empty textbox on one of your presentations,
    move your mouse into the textbox near the textboxes cursor,
    so that mouse pointer turns into an 'I' - input cursor, then right click
    into the box, so that you get a menu from that you choose 'Edit Style'.
    Select the 'Font' - Tab, select your Font-Style, click OK.
    From then on any text box that you open within your Impress-project,
    when you type new text, will have the selected Font-Style as a standard.
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    Thanks for your reply. This works fine for one of the presentations but does not persist to the next. Each presentation consists of 8 to 12 slides. I can set the first slide text box properties, enter the value and then copy the text box to the remaining slides since the contents never change within a presentation.. However, after saving the presentation and loading another, the font and size are not preserved. The interesting thing is that I am matching the title font and size (Arial, 28 point) for these presentations but the default font  in the added text box always defaults to Times New Roman, 24 point.
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    Ok, then there is this way (and the only one at this moment in time):

    1. Open a new empty presentation
    2. Edit Style for textboxes as described above and edit all other styles that
        you use for your presentations in the style dialog box. You can leave your page empty, only
        set the styles at this moment in time, you may even consider to open a copy of an
        an existing document with existing styles and simply delete all the content.
    3. Choose from menu 'file' > 'templates' > 'Save' and put a name for your template such as 'MyStyle'
        in Category 'My Templates'. Confirm with OK.
    4. Close the document (simply click on right top second, document closing 'x'.
    5. From still open empty application, from menu 'file' select 'New' > 'Templates and Documents'.
        Select My Templates > MyStyle > Open. You can then build new presentations on the empty
        document page that opens and which already has all the setings that you did preset.

    For each presentation in the same style simply open a template in your style as
    described in point 5.  
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    This is fine for new presentations. What I have is a collection of 800 songs with music and words. Each song has up to 16 slides, usually 8 to 12. My task is to add the song number from our song book. Since each song is a different project, it uses its own style or template. The title is Arial 28 point but entering a text box defaults to Times New Roman 24 point. I'm afraid to do anything to the content. My current method is possibly the best:  I place a new text box on the slide and change the font to Arial, 28 pt. Then I enter the song number and click outside the box. If necessary, I adjust the size of the box. Then I copy the box and insert it into the remaining slides.

    I was hoping to get a way to change the default font for all text boxes, regardless of project, to be Arial 28 pt.  After I finish putting in all the song numbers, I would change it back to its current default. Apparently, things don't work that way. This is not a big thing for a few projects, but would save a lot when working with hundreds.
    Thanks for your help. It will surely help on other projects.
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    >> I was hoping to get a way to change the default font for all text boxes, regardless of project.

    I don't know of a way how to get this on in Impress. It is possible in  Writer,
    but I nave not come across a way for Impress, except doing it with templates.

    However what you can do: You say your projects come with own templates,
    so if there is a reasonable group of identical templates, then you could save
    them as template in Impress in the way I did show you above, with font modified
    to your Arial. That way styles of the project group are save and you can
    work on a reasonable amount of pages with your custom font.

    Sorry if I can't give you a better solution, actually the problem came up before
    with default draw styles and has been discussed at Open Office Org, too. It is
    up to the developers to implement change of default styles in future.
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    Author Comment

    Thanks for your help.
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    Expert Comment

    You're welcome! Actually I'd be more pleased if those
    matters of 'default' settings in OO would work out to fulfill
    askers best need, but you know how it is ... So lets hope
    best for the future ...

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