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Photos and Animated .gif disappear in Open Office Impress

I use Open Office on Windows 8.

When I create Presentation using Impress, I insert photos and animated .gifs.

However, if I move that Impress presentation, or delete the referring photos and animated gifs, all the multimedia disappears from Impress.

I even emailed myself a copy of the Impress presentation and all the photos and animations have disappeared.

How on Earth do I fix this?

I have an online presentation to give in about a week, and I wish to give a copy of the Impress presentation to viewers, which includes the animations, rather than exporting to static .pdf.

Please help!!!!!

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  • When you say you email them to yourself, are you viewing them on a different computer or they don't even show up on the same computer? –  MC10 Aug 18, 2015 at 15:01
  • @MC10 Both. When I email them to myself and open on different computer, the graphics in the presentation disappear. And in the original computer, if I delete the original clipart folder, the graphics in the presentation disappear. –  Rhonda Aug 18, 2015 at 15:12
  • 1 Make sure the images are embedded, not linked . –  MC10 Aug 18, 2015 at 15:15
  • @MC10 Gonna try this –  Rhonda Aug 18, 2015 at 15:18
  • @MC10 Thank you so much, it works! –  Rhonda Aug 19, 2015 at 14:28

You probably have the pictures linked, instead of embedded . When you insert them, make sure the Link checkbox is not ticked. If they are linked, you will still need the source file or they will disappear as you said. If you embed them, they no longer need the source files.


If you have already added them and they are linked, don't worry. There is a way to remove the links. Go to the Edit menu and then Links... .

Edit, Links

If links exist, you can select Break Link , and that will remove the link and embed your image.

Break Link

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Pictures keep disappearing.

Post by travisoutlaw101 » Fri Dec 02, 2016 7:52 am

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Re: Pictures keep disappearing.

Post by floris v » Fri Dec 02, 2016 10:43 am

Post by RPG » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:16 am

Post by travisoutlaw101 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:57 am

RPG wrote: Hello I think : when you compress all the pictures your presentation is more stable. Select the picture and then right click. Choose compress. You can also compress the picture before you use them in the presentation. Keep a copy of the originals. Romke

Post by floris v » Sun Dec 18, 2016 8:06 am

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Post by Zizi64 » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:23 am

right-clicked on photos but there was no "Compress" option.

Post by Mr.Dandy » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:11 pm

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