I'm taking a Microsoft PowerPoint class and I want to know if it's possible to create a LibreOffice Impress presentation outline in LibreOffice Writer. My computer has LibreOffice and it so far has the same features and functions as Microsoft Office.


There's an "Outline" tab in LibreOffice Impress that might be useful:

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I don't think it's possible to create the Impress outline directly from Writer, but copy/pasting works.

Please note LibreOffice might crash as soon as you switch to outline (or any other tab). It's a bug, but one that can be solved.


Yes it's possible, and easily done:

  1. Create a Writer document, and prepare the outline using the 'Heading' styles: use Heading 1 for the titles of individual slides, Heading 2, 3, etc for content of the slides. Heading 2 will be a main point, and heading 3 a sub-point, etc.

outline in Writer

(note: numbering will not carry over to Impress)

  1. From the menu, select File > Send > Outline to presentation (or use the HUD: press Alt, type 'outline' and select 'outline to presentation).

  2. A new Impress document is created. Save, and edit.

(note: you must then only edit the Impress document, or edit the Writer document and create a new Impress document. There is no way to edit the Writer document and update the original Impress document)

  • i tried this method, it works, but in the slides, the text is not placed in the text area of the template. Any idea how to make it nicer ? May 2 '19 at 12:40

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