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How to Present a PDF Like a PowerPoint

by Hung Nguyen

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

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

How to present a PDF like a PowerPoint presentation

  1. Open your PDF document with any PDF reader.

  2. Click View and choose ‘Enter Full Screen’.

  3. Depending on your OS, you could also choose ‘Slideshow’.

  4. Present as you regularly would and navigate using the arrow keys.

  5. Press the ‘ESC’ (escape) key to exit the slideshow.

There are a few limitations to using PDF files. You cannot insert quite a few media files, such as animated GIF images into your presentation (you can, but they’d remain static). Furthermore, the PDF file may not come with notes. Because of this, the second alternative would be to convert the PDF back to PPT format, using our free converter.

How to change a PDF back to PPT to present

  1. Go to the PDF to PPT converter.

  2. Drag and drop your PDF file in.

  3. Convert it to PPT, modify it further if needed.

  4. Click ‘Download’ to save your new PPT file.


Convert your PDF back to PPT format in a heart beat

As the most popular online PDF to PPT converter, you can quickly save any PDF document back to its original format via a simple drag and drop. There exists a second tool on our site to convert PPT presentations back to PDF afterward. Once you have the PPT file opened, you may freely present the data as you would normally. If you have an older version of Microsoft Office where the UI may differ slightly, you’d have to click the ‘Slide Show’ tab and choose ‘Play from Start’ to commence a presentation.

While you have a PPT file open, you may also edit the content as you’d like. OCR is available within the PDF to PPT tool, where we will pluck the content of each PDF into an editable PPT file, for your convenience. And while you are on our blog, check out how to insert a PDF into a PowerPoint. Always good to learn new PDF and PPT related tricks!

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 not, our tool is free to use, without the need to convert or download software. As we migrate to the digital space for document management, we hope this guide could be of help. And lastly, good luck with all of your future presentations!

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager @Smallpdf