[Solved] OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

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[Solved] OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Hatcher » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:22 pm

In the past, I was able to click a button on my Kensington Clicker (K33373USA) and my OpenOffice Impress Presentation would turn black, leading my students to focus on me and not the slide full of information. I had to get my computer reimaged today, and I lost the ability to do this. If I remember correctly, there was a setting that I had to activate in order to "blackout" the screen, but after looking for nearly an hour, I cannot find it.

Does anyone know how to activate this feature, allowing someone to turn the screen black by simply clicking a button on my clicker? I opened a Keynote Presentation and this feature worked automatically, but I much prefer OpenOffice Impress.

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Zizi64 » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:20 am

In the past, I was able to click a button on my Kensington Clicker (K33373USA) and my OpenOffice Impress Presentation would turn black, leading my students to focus on me and not the slide full of information. I had to get my computer reimaged today, and I lost the ability to do this. If I remember correctly, there was a setting that I had to activate in order to "blackout" the screen, but after looking for nearly an hour, I cannot find it.


I suppose, that function is related to the video output of the computer, but not to the AOO Impress...
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Hatcher » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:56 am

The video output of the computer has been a constant, so I don't think that's the cause. I was able to use the blackout feature two days ago.
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby RPG » Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:44 pm

When you are in presentation mode then right click with the mouse. Then you have the choice in the popup for screen and then for Black or white. I do not know how to bind this to some button on this moment.
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Hatcher » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:41 pm

Thank you for the assistance, but my mouse is located on the other side of the room. I just wish I remembered how I bound my clicker button to that "blackout" screen. It seems that this feature is native to PPT and Keynote...hmmm...
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby keme » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:00 pm

Did you get a new clicker? I believe there is a 3-way switch (possibly inside the battery compartment) to select between PPT-PC, PPT-Mac and Keynote. Make sure it is in the PC setting.

Not sure that it will always work in Impress. It does for me, but that may be due to "hidden stuff", perhaps some extra driver inserts or something that has come with Powerpoint. (I have OpenOffice, LibreOffice and MS Office all installed on this computer.)
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Hatcher » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:04 pm

It's the same clicker and unfortunately, there isn't a three-way switch. Also, I went ahead and downloaded LibreOffice and Microsoft Office, hoping that, like you said, there might be "hidden stuff" in those applications that may enable the "blackout" feature in Apache OpenOffice. But alas, it still doesn't work.

Thanks again everyone for your suggestions. There is a great community of helpful people here.
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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby Hatcher » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:05 pm

Hatcher wrote:In the past, I was able to click a button on my Kensington Clicker (K33373USA) and my OpenOffice Impress Presentation would turn black, leading my students to focus on me and not the slide full of information. I had to get my computer reimaged today, and I lost the ability to do this. If I remember correctly, there was a setting that I had to activate in order to "blackout" the screen, but after looking for nearly an hour, I cannot find it.

Does anyone know how to activate this feature, allowing someone to turn the screen black by simply clicking a button on my clicker? I opened a Keynote Presentation and this feature worked automatically, but I much prefer OpenOffice Impress.

Thanks for any help you can provide.



If anyone stumbles upon this thread with the same problem, I found the solution. If you go to "OpenOffice," "Preferences," then under "OpenOffice Impress" select "View," then make sure "Always with current page" is checked and UNCHECK "With Presenter Screen." Voila.

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Re: OpenOffice Impress & Blackout Screen with Clicker

Postby keme » Thu Aug 29, 2019 12:02 am

Thanks for coming back with the solution.
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