This is simply a couple of workarounds for things I found annoying about OpenOffice.org Impress on the Eee PC.
I don't like having anything distract from my slides, and having a panel or taskbar down at the bottom of the screen during a presentation is something I find annoying. The only way I could find around this was to make the taskbar autohide, so that the panel doesn't appear unless your mouse moves to the bottom of the screen. This is a change that affects the taskbar even when you're not giving a presentation, so the taskbar will autohide when you're using other applications. Given the amount of screen real estate you have to work with, setting the taskbar to autohide seems like a good idea to me. It frees up a few more pixels, and the taskbar is accessible when you need it.
Please see icewmstartmenu or http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?pid=9249#p9249: for more information on creating your .icewm/preferences file. This article explains how to create the file and edit it to create the start menu. We want to do something very similar, and simply change a different setting. Find the following line:
#TaskBarAutoHide = 0
Change it to this:
TaskBarAutoHide = 1
You can also change the autohide delay:
AutoHideDelay = 300
Changing the number will determine how long, in milliseconds, the taskbar waits until it hides. The 300 means that the taskbar will hide 300 milliseconds after your mouse leaves the taskbar. After you make these changes and save the file, you should close down all other programs so you can reboot the system, or restart X using the “Ctrl + Alt + Back Space” combination. Either way will shut down all programs you have running, so save your work before you do either.
Apparently some people like having a little hourglass appear at the bottom left of the screen every time they change slides to let them know the computer registered their “click” to change the slide. I find it to be an unnecessary distraction. People see movement and their eyes go to that area instead of the picture or quote I want them to be looking at. This workaround gets rid of that.
On the Eee PC the little hourglass icon is stored inside a zip file located here:
All the little theme icons are stored together in this zip file. The fix is detailed on the oooforum.org forum, except they're using the default OpenOffice.org theme file, images.zip, instead of the theme the Eee PC uses, which is image_crystal.zip. What I did was to move that file to a different directory, unzip it, and replace the hourglass.png file—found at sd/res after unzip—with a completely transparent file of the same size. Then you zip up the contents, and replace the original zip file with the one you just created.
I would upload the file so you could simply save it, but the zip file is over 5 MB, which is too big for me to simply load on my meager web space. This may require more detailed instructions, so if anyone else desires to achieve this effect, let me know and I'll elaborate.