Including Spreadsheets in Slides

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You can apply different methods to insert spreadsheet cells into your Impress slides or Draw pages:


  1. Insert a native table - you enter the data into the cells and apply fancy formatting using the Table Design section on the Tasks pane.
  2. Insert a new table as an OLE object or insert an existing file as an OLE object - you can specify the link to a file to be a live link to the latest data saved in a spreadsheet file.

Inserting a native table

  1. Go to the Impress slide or Draw page where you want to insert the table.
  2. Choose Insert - Table or use the Table icon on the Standard toolbar to insert a table.
  3. Double-click the table and enter or paste the data into the cells.
  4. Select some cell contents and right-click to open the context menu. Choose commands to change the cell's contents, like ‍font size and line spacing.
  5. Right-click the table border to open the table's context menu. Use the table's context menu to enter a name and description for the table, or to distribute the rows or columns equally, among other commands.
  6. Select some cells and right-click to open a context menu, where you can insert or delete rows and columns, among other commands.
    To select a rectangular area of cells, point to a cell in one corner of the rectangle, hold down the mouse button, and drag the mouse to the opposite corner of the rectangle, then release the mouse button.
    To select one cell, point to that cell, hold down the mouse button, and drag the mouse to the next cell and back, then release the mouse button.

Inserting a new spreadsheet as an OLE object

You can add a blank LibreOffice Calc spreadsheet to a slide as an OLE object.

  1. Go to the slide where you want to insert the spreadsheet.
  2. Choose Insert - OLE- Object. Click Create new and select the LibreOffice Spreadsheet. Click OK. Click in the spreadsheet to enter your data.
  3. Click outside the spreadsheet to view the slide.

To resize the spreadsheet without resizing the cells, double-click the spreadsheet, and then drag a corner handle. To resize the cells of the spreadsheet, click the spreadsheet, and then drag a corner handle.

Inserting a spreadsheet from a file

When you insert an existing spreadsheet into your slide, changes that are made to the original spreadsheet file are not updated on your slide. You can, however, make changes to the spreadsheet in your slide.

  1. Go to the slide where you want to insert the spreadsheet.
  2. Choose Insert - Object - OLE Object.
  3. Select Create from file, and click Search.
  4. Locate the file you want to insert, and then click OK.
    Enable the Link to file checkbox to insert the file as a live link.
Note.png The entire spreadsheet is inserted into your slide. If you want to change the sheet that is displayed, double-click the spreadsheet, and then select a different sheet.

Related Topics

Format - Slide Layout

Insert - Object - OLE Object