How to Create a PowerPoint in LibreOffice Impress

LibreOffice Impress is a free, open source presentation program that allows you to create professional slideshows. With Impress, you can make captivating presentations from scratch or import existing PowerPoint files to edit.

Benefits of using Impress:

  • Completely free and open source software
  • Available on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems
  • Frequent updates and active development community
  • Compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint files
  • Powerful drawing and diagramming tools
  • Animation and transition effects
  • Support for multimedia elements
  • Extensive template library

Steps to create a PowerPoint presentation in Impress:

Choose a Template

When you first open Impress, select one of the many pre-designed templates to start your slideshow. You can also begin with a blank presentation. Consider the purpose and audience for your presentation when picking an appropriate template.

Customize the Slides

Use the toolbar options to add and format slide content:

  • Insert text boxes and modify font, size, color
  • Add images, charts, tables
  • Apply slide transitions
  • Rearrange, duplicate, or delete slides


  • Use large, readable fonts
  • Limit text and align it to guides
  • Pick 1-2 accent colors
  • Only animate text/images if necessary

Save the Presentation

You can save your Impress presentations in the native ODP format or export directly to Microsoft PowerPoint.

From the File menu:

  • Click Save As to choose a file type and location
  • Name your presentation
  • Select Save

Present the Slide Show

When you’re ready to present:

  • Go to the first slide
  • Click Slide Show > Start from First Slide or press F5
  • Use arrow keys or mouse click to navigate slides

Additional tips:

  • Rehearse slide timing and flow
  • Print slides as audience handouts
  • Connect a projector and extend desktop
  • Use Presenter Console to view notes

With its wide range of features, LibreOffice Impress makes it easy for anyone to create professional presentations. By following these steps and best practices, you can develop captivating and effective slideshows.