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How To Present a PDF Like a PowerPoint

by Hung Nguyen

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Learn to present a PDF in full-screen mode like you would a PPT file or convert it to PPT for easy presenting.

You can present a PDF as if it were a PowerPoint presentation in two ways. You can either open a PDF and view the content in full screen or save the file as a PowerPoint. If you choose the latter, you can then open the file in Microsoft PowerPoint and present it as you usually would. Check out the full instructions for both methods below.

How To Present a PDF Like a PowerPoint Presentation

  1. Open your PDF document with your PDF reader.

  2. Click “View” and choose “Enter Full Screen” or “Slideshow.”

  3. Present as you usually would and navigate using the arrow keys.

  4. Press the “ESC” (escape) key to exit the slideshow when finished.

There are a few limitations to presenting PDF files like this: some media file types, such as animated GIF images, won’t work and will remain static in your presentation. You also can’t add speaker notes to PDF presentations. While we believe PDF is quite versatile, in this case, it might be better to convert the PDF to PPT format using our free converter.

How To Change a PDF to PPT To Present

  1. Go to the PDF to PPT converter.
  2. Drag and drop your PDF.
  3. Wait for the tool to convert it to PPT.
  4. Click “Download,” and you’re done.
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Once you have the PPT file open, you can present the data as you would normally. If you have an older version of Microsoft Office, you’ll have to click the “Slide Show” tab and choose “Play from Start” to start a presentation.

While you have a PowerPoint file open, you can also edit the content as you’d like. Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is available within the PDF to PPT tool, where we’ll pluck the content of each PDF into an editable PPT file for your convenience. And while you’re on our blog, check out how to insert a PDF into a PowerPoint— learning new PDF and PPT-related tricks is always good!

We offer the most popular online PDF to PPT converter. A big part of our popularity comes from our simple and intuitive drag-and-drop interface as well as our range of practical tools to convert, edit, sign, protect, and lock PDFs and other documents. Of course, we also offer a tool to reverse this whole process and turn PPT back into PDF.

Easy to Convert and Present


Regardless of the PDF reader, from Adobe Acrobat/Adobe Reader to Preview, or even on your web browser, you should be able to present PDF like a PowerPoint with ease. If you want the extra benefits of presenting using PowerPoint, our tool is free to use, without the need t download software.

We hope this guide could be of help, and good luck with all of your future presentations!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf