Taking a tour of Open Officeorg Draw

Before you proceed, take a look at the GUI layout shown in Figure 17-6.

Figure 17-6:

OpenOffice. org Draw layout.

Figure 17-6:

OpenOffice. org Draw layout.

Main toolbar

Along the left side of the window is the main toolbar, which you can remove at any time by choosing ViewOToolbarsOMain Toolbar. Each icon in this series represents a different functionality. If a button is extensible (has a little arrow on it), you can click on it to open a dialog box with the options contained within. Each icon is described in Table 17-7. As you can see, this main toolbar is more similar to that in OpenOffice.org Impress than to the one in OpenOffice.org Writer.

Table 17-7

The OpenOffice.org Draw Main Toolbar, from Top to Bottom


What You Can Do



Set the mouse pointer to select a particular element or section of a slide.



Use a set of options that let you zoom in and out on the slide.



Use a variety of methods for entering text onto a slide.



Easily draw various forms of rectangles.



Easily draw various forms of ellipses.


3D Objects

Easily draw spheres, cubes, and more.



Easily draw curvy lines and even freeform.


Lines and Arrows

Use a selection of connector lines and arrows.



Use another set of connector symbols and lines.



Open the Special Effects dialog box to rotate, flip, and otherwise manipulate your images.



Shift the selected object to a specific alignment on the page.



Move objects higher or lower in the stack.



Insert items, such as graphs.


3D Controller

Open the 3D Effects dialog box.

Along the top of the window is the usual menu bar. OpenOffice.org Draw is a typical "vector" graphics program, meaning that it relies on lines rather than dots or other techniques. See Chapter 18 for discussion of the software used for editing photographs and other heavy-detail work.

OpenOffice.org Draw has too many menu options to cover in depth, so I give you instead a (nonexhaustive) summary of what you find on each menu:

^ File: The usual Open, Save, Save As, Print, and Export commands, along with a set of wizards (under the term AutoPilot) plus the ability to send documents through e-mail and create templates

^ Edit: The usual Find and Replace, Image Map, and other such editing commands

^ View: The usual Zoom functions and toolbars, along with the ability to select the display quality and place the program in Preview mode

^ Insert: The usual charts, frames, graphics, and spreadsheets, along with scanning functions

^ Format: The usual brush and graphics formatting, along with layers and style formatting

^ Tools: The usual spell-checking, as well as hyphenation, autocorrection, an image gallery, and an eyedropper for grabbing colors

^ Modify: Various options for altering the appearance of an object.

These menus have more features those listed here. Go through and take a look; you may find a new favorite feature in there somewhere.

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