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Free is one of those words that everyone loves. Well if you haven't got PowerPoint on your computer, but need to write a digital presentation, OpenOffice Impress is your answer. I did mention free, right?

Download OpenOffice.org which contains, several free software programs, including OpenOffice Impress -- the presentation component.

This program is a wonderful resource to have, for several reasons. To begin with, if you are already familiar with PowerPoint, you will have absolutely no trouble at all navigating around in the program -- it is that similar. Also, any PowerPoint presentation you have already created (version 2003 and earlier) should open with no problems. (However, be aware that if you have added many special effects such as transitions and animations that are specific to PowerPoint, those may not work). You can also save the presentation in a PowerPoint format. All and all, a great resource for those who do not have PowerPoint available on their computers -- or even if you do.

Get Started with OpenOffice Impress

Beginner's Guide to OpenOffice Impress
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June 24, 2009 at 12:31 pm
(1) Shar says:

I have both Powerpoint and OpenOffice Impress but want pps and ppt documents to open in Powerpoint, not OOImpress (which they do now, since installing it). How can I change my default application to Powerpoint??

June 24, 2009 at 1:44 pm
(2) Wendy says:

This is a setting in Windows. If you have Win XP, open “My Computer > Tools > Folder Options > File Types. Scroll to the file extension PPS and then click the “Change” button to locate the executable file to start PowerPoint. Repeat for the PPT file extension.

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