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As a college professor, I use slide presentations daily. I have used a variety of solutions including LaTeX/Beamer, Markdown/Slidy, and LO Impress.

Impress is obviously very full-featured and easy to use with its WYSIWYG user interface. However, I have been bothered by what appears to be a strange behavior in Impress.

There are times when, after creating a slide presentation with 15 to 20 slides, I find I need to edit something globally, such as the size or shape of a text box on the slides. To do this, I go into the appropriate Master Slide and make my changes. I then click to apply the Master Slide to all slides, but then when I go back into the slide presentation, I find that my changes are only applied to some, but not all of the slides. I then find myself having to go into each slide to reapply the same changes on a slide-by-slide basis that I had tried to apply globally by changing the Master Slide.

I'm finding that, when working with Impress, I have to carefully design all of my slide formatting *before* composing my content, because if I have to change formatting later, I have no assurance that the changes will take effect globally. This is obviously the opposite of the behavior in LaTeX or Markdown, where the formatting can be designed at any point in the process with predictable results.

Has anyone else noticed this behavior? Is this a bug, or can anyone suggest anything I might do differently?

I am currently using LO on Windows 10, but I have noticed this behavior for years on a variety of LO versions on both Windows and Linux.


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