Guide: LibreOffice Impress Part 7: Saving and Exporting in PDF

In this seventh and final part of our Impress guide, we show you different ways of saving and exporting your slide show presentation.

In our previous guide, we showed you how to add that final bit of visual polishSaving the Slide Show

To get a better idea of what our saving options are, let’s click on “File” in the menu bar and click on “Save As…”

By default, Impress will want to save in the ODP presentation. This is the native format for the program. If you intend on sending this to someone who also has LibreOffice installed or someone who has Open Office installed, this is the standard format for presentations. Everything should run fine and since it is the native format for Impress, it is easiest for Impress to handle.

Alternatively, you can save it as the PPTX which should also run nicely on Open Office as well.

Alternatively, you can save the presentation in either the PPT or PPTX format. This is the native format Microsoft uses for the equivalent software PowerPoint. If your recipient uses PowerPoint instead, you might want to consider using one of those formats. If it’s a newer version of PowerPoint, the PPTX format should run well. However, if it’s an older version of PowerPoint (from 2003 or earlier), it might be a better idea to use the plain PPT format to maximize the chances it will run fine on that software.

Again, all of this depends on what scenario you are faced with. The computer that runs this slide show: is it your own or is it being run off of another computer? If it’s being run off of a different computer, what format will that computer recognize (if any format at all). So, a number of different things to consider. Also, you can always save in the default format and then “Save As” another format at a later time. In any event, there are a number of different options afforded to you to try out.

Exporting to PDF

While the above formats are great for collaborations and presentations, one thing you might consider is whether or not your intended recipient should be able to view or modify the files. In the event that you don’t actually want your intended recipient to modify the files, there is another format you might want to consider: PDF. PDF files are very easy to open for most modern devices and the recipient can get the presented information in question.

To save in the PDF format, all you really need to do is click on the “Export As PDF” button at the top (as highlighted in the screen shot). Just save it as whatever file you like in the location you’d prefer and just save the file. You’ll have a clean PDF file you can send around after.

That’s it!

Congratulations! You can now save your slide show presentation in multiple different and save it in the PDF format!

That’s it for the Impress guide. Now that you’ve made it to the end, you should have a very good idea of the basics. There is, obviously, plenty more to learn in Impress, but the tools you get from this guide should give you the necessary building blocks to move on to more advance techniques. We hope you enjoy this guide and find it useful!

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