Issue 45923 - Export to Powerpoint causes problems with Notes View
Summary: Export to Powerpoint causes problems with Notes View
Alias: None
Product: Impress
Classification: Application
Component: save-export (show other issues)
Version: OOo 2.0 Beta
Hardware: All Windows XP
: P3 Trivial with 23 votes (vote)
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: AOO issues mailing list
QA Contact:
: 45880 71329 (view as issue list)
Depends on:
Reported: 2005-03-24 11:17 UTC by msmittens
Modified: 2013-08-07 15:20 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

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Issue Type: DEFECT
Latest Confirmation in: ---
Developer Difficulty: ---

slide in the notes disappear when exporting to ppt (17.30 KB, application/vnd.oasis.opendocument.presentation)
2005-05-06 09:19 UTC, fbermejo
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Presentation where the content of slide 2 is visible in "Normal" view, but not "Notes" view (170.17 KB, application/octet-stream)
2008-05-18 06:49 UTC, conejame
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Description msmittens 2005-03-24 11:17:36 UTC
Previously when I exported Impress presentations to Powerpoint and printed out
or viewed the presention in a Notes view, I had no issues. In the beta version
the presentation is blank and there are no notes (eventhough there is). I've
tried the printing of the Powerpoint at home on a Panasonic Toughbook laptop to
a HP4, and at both works: desktop to HP 1300 and laptop to HP-something (don't
remember the printer number).
Comment 1 wolframgarten 2005-03-24 11:24:16 UTC
Comment 2 fbermejo 2005-05-06 09:16:53 UTC
I also noticed this issue. I attach a very simple presentation where the issue
shows itself. Steps:
- open the attached .odp presentation, and save it as a .ppt file.
- open the .ppt file, either with Impress or with MS PowerPoint, and go to the
notes view. When I do that, the notes page does not show the slide.
Comment 3 fbermejo 2005-05-06 09:19:27 UTC
Created attachment 25853 [details]
slide in the notes disappear when exporting to ppt
Comment 4 christian.guenther 2005-06-06 17:31:18 UTC
Set to new and change the target.
Comment 5 christian.guenther 2005-06-06 17:32:26 UTC
I can reproduce the bug in the version you mentioned.
everything works greate in the latest version (1.9.m104)
Comment 6 christian.guenther 2005-06-06 17:33:21 UTC
I close the issue.
Comment 7 christian.guenther 2005-06-06 17:37:29 UTC
*** Issue 45880 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***
Comment 8 christian.guenther 2005-06-06 17:41:54 UTC
Comment 9 fbermejo 2005-06-23 14:04:06 UTC
I still have the same problem I commented with the bugdoc notes.odp attached to
this issue. I am using version 1.9.109 in Windows XP. This issue should be reopened.
Comment 10 christian.guenther 2005-06-23 16:14:53 UTC
I can also reproduce the bug again.
Comment 11 christian.guenther 2005-06-23 16:31:09 UTC
I can reproduce the bug.
There are more then 1 preview object in the notesview.
When I delete all preview objects, assign the notes layout again before saving
everything works ok.
Please have a look why there are more the 1 preview object.
Comment 12 oorwullie 2006-01-20 15:24:23 UTC
I have this bug.
FWIW I get around it by opening the ppt presentation in Impress, select notes
view, select all slides and finally, in Task Pane... Layouts, I select the Notes
Layout. This works immediately but it also is preserved when I close and re-open
the ppt file provided that it is not re-saved.
Don't know if this will help!!
Comment 13 bhengen 2006-06-15 00:33:29 UTC
I am seeing the same exact thing in the 2.0.2 release on RH ES 4.  The temporary
fix noted by oorwullie works for me, too.

Comment 14 stephenmurphy 2007-09-20 14:51:19 UTC

I can confirm that I still get this problem when using Openoffice 2.3 and
Powerpoint 2003.  I also think the OS should be changed as the problem occurs
whether I save the slides as a .ppt on Windows or Linux.

I've been getting this for some time and it is really frustrating. What is the
reasoning behind the OOOLater tag on this?  I think this is a serious bug that
limits my ability to use OOO and to get other people using OOO at my place of work.

A big thanks to oorwullie for the tip - it will save me a lot of time manually
correcting the documents!



Comment 15 aaronharder 2007-11-02 13:13:07 UTC
Definitely seeing this problem as well, losing "speaker notes" slide images when
exporting to ppt.  Using OOo 2.2, and is unfortunately hindering the OOo
adoption campaign at my place of work.
Comment 16 newt 2007-11-02 20:53:35 UTC
If this is a priority P3, I don't think the target should be "OOo Later". 

This is now about 30 months old, please escalate the target milestone!
Comment 17 conejame 2008-05-18 06:46:45 UTC
I'm having what's probably a duplicate of this, only I disagree with the way the issue has been assigned 
to a sub-component.  I think it's actually between reading the ppt file and displaying the internal 

I have:
  - OpenOffice 2.4.0
  - MacOs 10.5.2 on a MacBook 4.1
  - no obvious shortage of memory or disk space
  - a presentation that has always been in PowerPoint
  - a slide where, in Normal view, I can see the contents of the slide
  - in notes view, I see the notes, but only a box around where the contents should be

I have edited the master view of the notes page.
I have done other poorly characterised edits of the same file.

My example is slide 2 of a zipped presentation which I will attach.

I know from experience of this fault in OpenOffice 2.3 that at least one version of M$ powerpoint 
(sorry, I don't know which one) will display and print the slide the same way, but if you export in Word 
format, the graphics and notes are both in the Word document.  This is may reason for disagreeing with 
the classification to a subcomponent.
Comment 18 conejame 2008-05-18 06:49:09 UTC
Created attachment 53744 [details]
Presentation where the content of slide 2 is visible in "Normal" view, but not "Notes" view
Comment 19 pdesaunay 2008-05-18 18:17:25 UTC
I spent a lot of tim etrying to sort out this bug. My observations:
This bug can be found in Ooo 1.x 2.x and now 3beta (unfortunately...).
As far as the file is saved in Ooo format (whatever, as versions changed): no pbm.
When saved as ppt file, Notes pages are altered. It tends to be that the active
page is not affected. Some pages are not affected elsewher (I have not found the
Alteration: the Slide image is replaced with a blank rectangle, which is roughly
at the original place. Sometimes, the blank rectangle is a zero pixel width
rectangle, located oustide of the Page (generally on the left). It is very tall
(I do not know how many picels) and thus look like a vertical line.
The altered pages are the same if viewed by Ooo or MSPP.
Ooo can correct if all slides are selected and default format is chosen (as
described somewhere else). But the blank rectangles stay. Actually, if different
"save as ppt" operations are made, the pages accumulate different blank
rectangles, which, funily, do not have the same dimensions.
If a ppt file has been corrected with ooo using the previously mentionned trick,
the concerned slides/pages seem to stay stable for a while. But newly created
pages will be latered on later saving.

I hope such bug can get a real treatment, after two versions changes, as failing
so obviously to Export in MS format is the typical thing that makes people
reject Ooo.
Comment 20 pdesaunay 2008-06-11 08:44:16 UTC
In some sense, it is solved.
IBM/LOTUS Symphony 1 solved the issue, as well as others (we can include tables,
without opening the spreadsheet etc...)
Time to switch to something else, maybe...
Comment 21 conejame 2008-06-11 21:49:54 UTC
I'm on a Mac.  That option doesn't work for me.
Comment 22 dgardner 2009-02-17 20:22:26 UTC
See issue 71329 for a variation on this problem: when files are created in
Powerpoint, there is a problem showing the slides on the notes pages.

I have this problem in 2.4.1. In an older version, reapplying the layout
to the notes page used to fix the problem temporarily (it broke again
the next time the document was saved). However, in 2.4.1, reapplying the
layout to the notes page makes the slide appear off the top left of the
page and full size. I can drag the slide down to the page, but I cannot
resize it. It appears bigger than the page and covers the notes, so
there is now no useful workaround and Impress is useless to me.

Back to Powerpoint for me.
Comment 23 dgardner 2009-02-17 20:56:20 UTC
This might help: changing the page (paper) size for the notes pages makes
the slide appear aligned to the top left of the page instead of way off
to the top right of the screen. The slide is still too big, though, and
is stretched into a portrait orientation instead of landscape (as if
mimicking the orientation of the notes page in which it is embedded).
Comment 24 jonathandube01 2009-10-29 03:33:33 UTC
I'm on OpenOffice 3.1, and this bug is really annoying me. Sorry for the bad
english, I'm french! 

It happens when I open a .ppt file with Impress. Even if I save it to
OpenDocument format, I can't view the slide in note view.

I am on Linux Mint , latest stable release, with the latest release of
OpenOffice (3.1).

I'm back on Powerpoint on wine for now...
Comment 25 clippka 2010-03-24 16:39:34 UTC
cl->sj: looks like the wrong slide placeholder shape is created?
Comment 26 clippka 2010-03-24 16:40:41 UTC
*** Issue 71329 has been marked as a duplicate of this issue. ***