Section 97. Add a Presentation Header and Footer

97. Add a Presentation Header and Footer


81 Create a New Presentation


103 Create Presentation Handouts

You must add headers and footers to your slides through the master slide (see 87 About Impress Views ). Each header and footer is saved in the presentation's master slide so that the header and footer (you can have one or the other or both) reside on all slides throughout your presentation. You cannot add a different header or footer on different slides, although you can hide the header or footer from individual slides.

You may add the date, time, or slide number (referred to as the page number ) in a header or footer area. When that slide appears during your presentation, the current date or time at that moment appears in the header or footer area.

Change the View

Technically, Impress does not support headers and footers (except in Handouts view). You can, however, use text boxes to insert text at the top or bottom of your slides that acts just like Writer, Calc, or Base headers and footers. To add a text box, you must work in Normal, Notes , or Handout view. You'll generally find it's easier to work in Normal view because you'll have a larger view of the slide.


This task refers to text that appears at the top or bottom of every slide in the presentation as header and footer text , even though such text is just normal text in these particular locations.

97. Add a Presentation Header and Footer

To increase your view of the current slide, you can hide or resize the Slides pane or the Task pane by dragging the inner edge of the pane or by clicking the Hide button.

Switch to Slide Master View

Usually, you'll want the header or footer to appear on all slides throughout the presentation, so you should add the header or footer text to the master slide. Choose View, Master, Slide Master to display the presentation's master slide.

Insert a Text Box

Your header and footer text must reside inside a text box. Click the Text tool in the Drawing toolbar; the mouse pointer changes to a crosshair, indicating that you can now place a text box anywhere on the slide.


If the Drawing toolbar is not open on your screen, choose View, Toolbars, Drawing .

See 102 Add Notes to a Presentation for more information on working with headers and footers in Handout view.

Click the upper-left corner of your footer's (or header's) text box and drag your mouse down and to the right to draw the text box. When you release your mouse button, Impress places the text box in that position and inserts the text cursor inside it so you can type the header or footer text.

Type the Footer Text

Type the text that you want to appear in the footer (or header). If you want to display the time or date, you may want to insert a field instead of a text box. Generally, you'll want to insert the date or time that's current when you give your presentation, so select Insert, Fields, Date (variable) or Time (variable) to insert either the variable date or variable time . (In a similar manner, you can insert a fixed date or fixed time also.) Click the Close Master View button on the Master View toolbar to return to the previous view.


Variable date The current presentation date as opposed to the fixed date.

Variable time The current presentation time as opposed to the fixed time.

Fixed date The date you created the slide as opposed to the variable date.

Fixed time The time you created the slide as opposed to the variable time.


If you want to remove the header or footer from multiple slides within your presentation, you must change each slide's layout one at a time.

Remove Background Objects

Move to the slide you want to modify. Right-click the slide and then click Slide in the context menu to open the submenu. Click to uncheck the Display Objects from Master option to hide the header or footer. (This action might remove other items as well.) Impress removes your header or footer from that one slide but not from the other slides in the presentation.

See 94 Change a Presentation's Background for more information on adjusting the background elements in a presentation.


Click the Select button atop the Main toolbar to stop adding text boxes to the slide and to return the mouse cursor to its normal pointing cursor shape. 2, Firefox, and Thunderbird for Windows All in One
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