How to Make a Slide Show With an Adobe PDF File

By Craig Witt

View your Adobe PDF file as a slide show.
i projector ready for presentation image by Dmitry Goygel-Sokol from

Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) allows document creators to distribute fixed-layout, non-editable content on a wide range of operating systems and platforms. As long as a computer has the free Adobe Reader software installed, PDF files can be viewed and printed in precisely the format the author intended. Adobe Reader also has a helpful view setting that lets users display the contents of any PDF file as a slide show. Enabling the setting is quick once you know where to look.

Step 1

Open Adobe Reader.

Step 2

Click "File" in the top menu bar and then select "Open." Locate the PDF file you want to view as a slide show and then double-click its icon to open it.

Step 3

Click "View" in the top menu bar and then select the "Full Screen Mode" option.

Step 4

Navigate from one screen to another by pressing the right arrow key to move forward and the left arrow key to move backward. Each page of your PDF file represents one slide in this format.

Step 5

Press the "Esc" key once you reach the end of the slide show to close Full Screen mode and return to the normal Adobe Reader interface.