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May 19, 2010

openoffice presenter console

Filed under: Blogging,Debian,Ubuntu — kees @ 5:38 pm

During the Lucid development sprint, Pete showed me the glory that is the OpenOffice presenter console. Since then I’ve switched laptops, and I figured I need to document for myself, and maybe others, how to have your OOo presentation on one screen (e.g. the projector) and the presentation notes, clock, etc, on another (e.g. the main laptop display).

First, install ‘’, and once you have your displays configured, launch OpenOffice and select “Slide Show” / “Slide Show Settings …”. From here, you can configure the displays under “Multiple displays”.

So nice. :)

UPDATE: corrected my typo. thank you! :)

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  1. The console rocks.
    Small typo in your article: under Ubuntu, the package name is ‘’, not ‘openoffice-presenter-console’

    Comment by Ronan Jouchet — May 19, 2010 @ 6:40 pm

  2. Thanks for the tip! I think, it’s supposed to be,

    Comment by isagani — May 19, 2010 @ 6:53 pm

  3. Finally!

    Comment by Dwight — May 19, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  4. I vastly prefer using LaTeX and Beamer for presentations, but I must admit I wish I could have speaker’s notes (without one of the terrible screen-orientation-specific hacks such as double-wide or double-tall PDFs).

    Comment by Anonymous — May 19, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

  5. The LaTeX class seminar had a rather useful ‘notes’ mode. With Beamer it is not as convinient.

    But writing a simple macro that will only be displayed in ‘notes’ mode is rather simple. I automated the whole stuff with also a bit of makefile to generate both slides and notes from a file. I wonder is this is not automated as part of some existing package :-)

    Comment by Tzafrir Cohen — May 20, 2010 @ 2:51 am

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